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To the South: North Carolinians Face a Bleaker Environmental Future.

Behold Article Fourteen, Section Five of the North Carolina state constitution.
Sec. 5. Conservation of natural resources.

It shall be the policy of this State to conserve and protect its lands and waters for the benefit
of all its citizenry, and to this end it shall be a proper function of the State of North Carolina
and its political subdivisions to acquire and preserve park, recreational, and scenic areas, to control and limit the pollution of our air and water, to control excessive noise, and in every other appropriate way to preserve as a part of the common heritage of this State its forests, wetlands, estuaries, beaches, historical sites, open lands, and places of beauty.

To accomplish the aforementioned public purposes, the State and its counties, cities and towns, and other units of local government may acquire by purchase or gift properties or interests in properties which shall, upon their special dedication to and acceptance by a law enacted by a vote of three-fifths of the members of each house of the General Assembly for those public purposes, constitute part of the 'State Nature and Historic Preserve,' and which shall not be used for other purposes except as authorized by law enacted by a vote of three-fifths of the members of each house of the General Assembly. The General Assembly shall prescribe by general law the conditions and procedures under which such properties or interests therein shall be dedicated for the aforementioned public purposes.

The bottom line is that it is a Constitutional duty for the powers that be to provide clean water and air for the citizens of NC. You would think that those in charge in NC would take seriously their Constitutional duties as indicated (in part) above. But the Tea-Publicans of North Carolina instead have taken a wrecking ball to their constitutional obligation to provide clean water and air for its citizens.  Instead, they have: