Wednesday April 14, 2010 | Offshore Drilling

April 12, 2010 at 11:17 am | Posted in Coming Up | 14 Comments

The recent announcement by President Obama to open up areas of the east coast for exploration and possible oil drilling has surprised many environmental advocates but pleased those in the “drill, baby drill” contingent. Our panel will examine the political, practical and environmental aspects of this announcement and what it could mean for the health of North Carolina’s economy and the health of its coastline.
Bob Tippee
– Editor, Oil and Gas Journal
Dr. Peter Schwarz – Professor of Economics at UNC Charlotte
Bill Gupton – Chairman, Conservation and Advocacy, Central Piedmont Sierra Club

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Tuesday April 13, 2010 | Annexation

April 12, 2010 at 9:21 am | Posted in Coming Up | 6 Comments

A look at the controversial issue of annexation. According to the state Supreme Court, forced annexation is defined as a policy that provides meaningful services to unincorporated areas. Critics point out that North Carolina is one of the very few states left to continue the practice of forced annexation but advocates say it’s a way to keep Charlotte’s economy healthy and to help provide services to outlying areas. We’ll delve into the issue of forced annexation.
Daren Bakst
– Director, Legal and Regulatory Studies, John Locke Foundation
DeWitt “Mac” McCarley – Attorney, City of Charlotte
Walter Fields – Planner, Urban Resource Group

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