Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season are a time for food and family. But that also means having to deal with your conservative uncle who is still asking questions about Benghazi. We’ve compiled some common conservative myths and provided a quick response, backed up with sources. Hopefully this helps you survive the Holidays!

Fracking

Myth

Fracking will grow the economy by creating thousands of jobs in North Carolina

Fact

Actually, the State of North Carolina estimates that fracking will create LESS than 500 jobs over a seven year period. Even Governor McCrory’s most optimistic projections put the total number of jobs created over 20 years at just 1,500.


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Myth

It’s been proven that fracking can by safe, just look at the states!

Fact

In at least eight states where fracking is happening, there have been confirmed reports of surface, ground and drinking water contamination. In Pennsylvania alone there have been over 1,400 environmental violations have been directly attributed to fracking. Finally, Oklahoma, Ohio and other states have seen a dramatic increase in the frequency of earthquakes as a result of fracking. Bottom line: it’s not safe.


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Education

Myth

Lawmakers gave teachers the largest pay raise in history. What else do they want?

Fact

The claim that this budget provided the largest pay raise in history has been completely debunked. Whether you’re talking about total money spent, or the percentage of the raise, there have been several larger raises, particularly those under Governor Hunt. More importantly though, the 5.5% figure is an average, and veteran teachers often saw a much smaller raise, less than 1% for those who’ve been teaching the longest.


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Myth

I don’t have kids in public school, so what does it matter?

Fact

We all benefit from a good public education system. It helps recruit and retain employers. Also, in 64 counties in North Carolina, the public school system is the largest employer. In only 12 counties is the school system not one of the two largest employers.


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Equality

Myth

A majority of North Carolinians voted to ban gay marriage.

Fact

Since the marriage amendment was passed during a primary election, analysis has found that only 13% of North Carolinians actually voted to ban gay marriage.


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Coal Ash

Myth

I heard that lawmakers passed a law that won’t allow Duke Energy to pass the clean up costs to customers.

Fact

Actually, state and Duke Energy executives, have said that they plan for electricity rates to increase in order to offset the coal ash clean up costs.


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Myth

Duke Energy is going to clean up and remove all the coal ash from North Carolina.

Fact

Actually, Duke Energy will only be forced to fully clean up 4 of their 14 coal ash sites across the state. Despite the fact that every single site is leaching dangerous chemicals into our groundwater, the remaining sites will be left in place.


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Economy

Myth

North Carolina’s economy is roaring again thanks to Gov. McCrory and the legislature.

Fact

Fewer jobs were created in 2013 than in 2012 and over 100,000 people have giving up looking for work since McCrory took office. In 2013, only 10% of unemployed workers ever found another job. And things have only gotten worse in 2014, in fact North Carolina trails only Florida for highest number of layoffs this year.


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Myth

The unemployment rate in North Carolina has fallen much faster than the country as a whole.

Fact

In January of this year, the unemployment rate was 6.7% in NC and 6.6% for the country, almost identical. Since then the rate has fallen to 5.9% nationwide, while under Pat McCrory, North Carolina’s unemployment rate has actually risen to 6.8%


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