What is a state to do when it tries to serve two masters?
One one hand, those in charge are trying to "do something" about global warming and limit the use of coal-fired power plants.
On the other hand, others in charge are trying to "do something" about economic development and use corporate welfare to create jobs.
Thus, we get this situation where the Division of Air Quality must decide whether to allow the expansion of Duke Power’s Cliffside power plant near Charlotte.
The problem is, the company who will do the construction of the expansion, Shaw Power Group, just received incentives from the state to expand their operations. So how do they add jobs if the power plant isn’t allowed to expand?
Who will win the battle between environmentalism and corporate welfare? I don’t know, but it’s going to be fun to watch the Dept. of Commerce and the Division of Air Quality squirm their way through this.