- August 30th, 2010
North Carolina’s coal-burning power plants are our main contributor to the global climate crisis, the biggest producers of our toxic waste, and they drain billions of dollars from our economy through coal imports.
Repowering North Carolina with locally produced, renewable energy sources, while reducing energy demand through conservation and efficiency, will create new industry, businesses, and jobs, and a more just, secure, and healthy environment for North Carolinians now and in the future.
THEREFORE, I the undersigned, commit to doing my part to conserve energy, use it efficiently, and promote renewable energy sources.
FURTHERMORE, I call upon our Governor, the Utilities Commission, administrative agencies, and the members of our General Assembly to do their part by making and implementing state policy that will:
- Achieve at least a 25% reduction in electricity demand by or before 2025 through efficiency and conservation;
- Diversify our electricity mix to include at least 25% renewable energy by or before 2025;
- Eliminate the use of coal to produce energy by or before 2030; and
- Prevent construction of new nuclear power plants and retire old facilities as soon as possible.