In the hot seat: Development, climate leads to increased risk of wildfires near NC cities and suburbs
More than 2.1 million homes in North Carolina lie within the “wildland urban interface” — populated areas on the fringe of forests, scrub and other vegetation — and are at a greater risk of wildfires because of development patterns and climate change, according to a new national report by Climate Central, a science-based nonprofit organization. […]
Behind the scenes of the ill-fated Compute North cryptomining project, Greenville officials pressed to seal the deal
Pitt County economic development officials and the Greenville Utilities Commission were prepared to offer Compute North $50,000 in incentives to site an enormous cryptocurrency mining center on land owned by a Greenville Utilities Commissioner. Details of the deal, known as “Project Coin,” are included in closed-session minutes of the Greenville Utilities Commission. Those minutes show the GUC’s optimism and the urgency in wooing Compute North to Pitt County.
Compute North, which planned to build a cryptomining center in Greenville, declares bankruptcy
Compute North, which had planned to build a large cryptomining facility in Greenville, has declared bankruptcy, according to court documents dated Sept. 22. Filed in the Southern District of Texas, the bankruptcy applies to the company’s main entity, as well as its subsidiaries spanning several states. That includes Compute North NC09, incorporated in North Carolina. […]
When the market economy and public well-being clash
Controversial Greenville facility proposal provides latest reminder that what’s good for business is not always good for society There’s no doubt that when it comes to the generation of wealth and innovation, the market economy is one of the great inventions of modern human history. Legitimate arguments can and must be had about how much longer humans can keep up the pace of economic growth to which they’ve become accustomed...
Greenville greenlights cryptomining facilities, energy gluttons and contributors to climate change
Somewhere in Greenville — few know the precise location — dozens of shipping containers could soon appear on the landscape. These containers, known as “modular data-processing centers” — but which are actually cryptomining operations — will be jammed with lightning-fast computers whose blinking lights indicate they are thinking.
House Speaker Tim Moore to make high profile trip to Greenville as ECU chancellor search continues
Last month, Policy Watch reported that sources close to the ECU Chancellor search say N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) is pursuing the job. Though Moore’s office said he was running for re-election, they did not respond to follow-up questions about whether that would preclude him also seeking the ECU job. Later this month, the […]
ECU leaders release statement on conflict between Vidant and UNC System
The saga of Vidant Health vs. the UNC System continues this week, with both sides in court directed mediation to resolve the dispute over whether members of the UNC Board of Governors will continue to appoint members to the board of the eight hospital system. UNC System Interim President Bill Roper declined to answer questions […]