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Duke Energy – Koch Cabal Beats Down Solar in NC — News Release from NC WARN

It’s tragic that Duke Energy, the Koch Brothers and their pro-fossil fuel front groups such as the John Locke Foundation, Civitas and Americans for Prosperity were able to recklessly disrupt North Carolina’s once-growing renewable energy industry.

North Carolinians Impacted by Coal Ash Launch Alliance [with video] — ABC 11

“This is not something that we can drop a few million dollars and make some nice news reel and put it away,” said Bobby Jones, also from Goldsboro. “This is killing people in our state.”

People impacted by coal ash in North Carolina form alliance [with video] — WBTV News

People from across North Carolina who have been impacted in some way by coal ash have announced a new alliance that combines environmental groups and other advocacy groups.

North Carolina Residents Impacted by Coal Ash Launch Alliance — News Release from NC WARN, Appalachian Voices, and Clean Water for NC

Residents from across the state gathered in Raleigh today to announce a new alliance of North Carolinians directly impacted by coal ash and to call on Duke Energy, the General Assembly, the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, and Governor McCrory to find permanent, safe solutions for coal ash that protect all communities from the toxic waste.

Hijacking conservatism in the renewable energy wars — News & Observer

We have all heard about President Obama’s “war on coal,” but the challenges facing the coal industry are much more complex than the “war” label would imply. There is a war on energy, but the target is not coal, it is wind and solar energy.

A Church Challenges Duke Energy Over Solar — WUNC

The church, it turns out, did not pay to install the solar panels, like a homeowner would. Instead, NC Warn, an advocacy group, paid for the panels and is selling electricity back to the church at about half the rate Duke Energy charges.

It’s called third-party sales, and it’s illegal in just four states in the country: North Carolina, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Florida.

Don’t Buy Duke Energy Deception on Emissions — News Release from NC WARN

Duke Energy is telling the news media it is already on track to meet carbon reduction targets in the new EPA Clean Power Plan, which calls for 32 percent lower emissions from electric power plants by 2030. This is countered by available data and appears to be a dangerous fiction – more greenwashing of the corporate image.

Riveting Hansen study on sea level, superstorms — News Release from NC WARN

Riveting new study by Dr. James Hansen and 16 co-authors shows prospects for rapid sea level rise and damaging superstorms are worse than previously predicted. CBS Evening News and the Washington Post covered the story.

Debunking Duke Energy Deception over Emissions, Coal Plant Closures — News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN urges news outlets to scrutinize the corporate PR more closely. CEO Lynn Good repeated the greenwashing stats yet again at the May 7 stockholder meeting: emissions are down, and we’ve closed more than 20 coal-fired power plants. NC WARN’s analysis shows why that claim is bogus.

Greensboro African American Clergy Support Solar Policies

A group of African American clergy in Greensboro sent a letter to the North Carolina General Assembly urging them to support the pending solar energy legislation in the state.

Read the letter, and see the clergy who signed on, here.

Will Duke Energy Leave Poisoned Sites Behind? — News Release from NC WARN

Today NC WARN sent [Duke Energy] CEO Lynn Good a letter seeking information about Duke’s intentions [for contaminated coal ash dumpsites].  We also urged her to correct the lousy, secretive process that has led to growing public mistrust about Duke’s coal ash plans.

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