The campaign against the Clean Tech jobs

I think we’re all at least reasonably aware of what transpired in Stanly County, where the Commissioners let the December 15th deadline pass without reaching an agreement for the Badin jobs.  But Stanly Countians may not be as aware of what transpired outside the county, where the Stanly County Commissioners well-established allies aggressively opposed the Clean Tech jobs.  (I suggest fact-checking the information.)  This list does not include facebook comments, tweets, blog posts, etc., and possibly some other outlets I didn’t encounter. 

Stanly News and Press 

September 19, 2011 Letter to the Editor from Dean Naujoks, Yadkin Riverkeeper saying that Clean Tech does not really exist and that Alcoa cannot be trusted.  Naujoks also spoke against the Clean Tech jobs at a Board of Commission meeting on September 12th

October 12, 2011 Letter to the Editor from Nancy Gottovi, Executive Director, Central Park NC, urged turning down “a few jobs” for the vast wealth the license could mean to the State. 

December 17, 2011, Letter to the Editor from Virginia Dunn (consultant to Central Park NC), Yadkin's waters are gold mine worth more than Alcoa offers, promising tens of thousands of jobs if the Clean Tech offer were refused. 

Salisbury Post 

September 17, 2011 Letter to the Editor from Dean Naujoks, Yadkin Riverkeeper, saying that Clean Tech does not really exist and that Alcoa cannot be trusted.  

September 18, 2011 Letter to the Editor from Nancy Gottovi, Executive Director of Central Park NC saying we could have thousands of jobs for the state if we turn down the Clean Tech offer. 

December 17, 2011 (sent in before December 15th) Letter to the Editor from State Sen. Stan Bingham (R-Davidson):  Alcoa's deal not great for Stanly County. 

Meanwhile, the Salisbury Post ran two editorials supporting the Clean Tech jobs:  

Lexington Dispatch 

September 16, 2011 Letter to the Editor from State Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, (R-Cabarrus) saying the Clean Tech deal is not a good deal and 70,000 jobs could be created if the state ran the Yadkin Project. 

October 24, 2011 Letter to the Editor from Nancy Gottovi, Executive Director of Central Park NC saying Dave Stickler and John Correnti are too risky.  

November 15, 2011 Letter to the Editor from Virginia Dunn (consultant to Central Park NC), urging rejecting the Clean Tech offer. 

December 1, 2011 Letter to the Editor from Dean Naujoks, Yadkin Riverkeeper, questioning Alcoa’s motives. 

Outside the Project Area - Charlotte Observer 

December 9, 2011 Op-Ed piece by Virginia Dunn (consultant to Central Park NC), Yadkin's waters are gold mine worth more than Alcoa offers, promising tens of thousands of jobs if the Clean Tech offer were refused.

I sent a much shorter (150 words) letter to the editor which was never published. 

Winston-Salem Journal 

December 11, 2011 Guest Column by Dean Naujoks, Yadkin Riverkeeper denigrating Clean Tech offer. 

I sent a much shorter (150 words) letter to the editor and had an interesting email conversation with the editorial staff who would not print my letter because my opinion “was not valid”. 

Online 

December 9, 2011 Central Park NC uploaded video to youtube “Stop Alcoa getting control of the Yadkin River for another 50 years“.  The same video has been repackaged and uploaded under another name as “Say No to Alcoa: A bad deal for Stanly County and North Carolina”; and by River of Opportunity (sponsored by Central Park NC) “Yadkin River of Opportunity - Alcoa's deal is not a fair deal for Stanly County or North Carolina.”

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Tags: alcoa, badin, bingham, clean tech, commissioners, gottovi, hartsell, jobs, naujoks, relicensing, More…stanly county, yadkin riverkeeper

Comment by CRY ME A RIVER OF OPPORTUNITIE$ on May 6, 2012 at 8:39pm

John Gotti would be proud of the "Alcoa is Evil" thuggery.

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