As three-year global heatwave continues, NC WARN calls for full, open review of proposal to build climate-wrecking power plant at Duke University
Today NC WARN filed a motion to intervene in a precedent-setting case whereby Duke Energy seeks to build and operate a fracked gas-burning power plant on the campus of Duke University. Among the many problems with the proposal, it would cause campus greenhouse gas emissions to soar, increase local air pollution, do little to enhance the reliability of campus power supply, and continue driving the highly destructive US fracking boom.
We’re calling on the NC Utilities Commission to conduct a full evidentiary proceeding and an open review of this project – avoiding the type of ongoing legal fight that has followed the fast-track approval of Duke Energy’s proposed fracked gas plant in Asheville. Just as we’re proving in the Asheville fight, we will show that the utility giant cannot justify the need for the University plant because Duke Energy and surrounding utilities own many power plants that sit idle much of the year.
An evidentiary hearing is necessary to address many conflicting claims and problems, including:
In a report sent last Monday based on our technical assessment and meetings with University officials, we’re urging President Brodhead to use on-campus talent to assess clean energy options, and commit to an open discussion with the campus and community about the University’s energy opportunities.
NC WARN is urging him not to allow Duke University to be used by Duke Energy in an emerging national scheme to expand the burning of fracked gas, and instead to join Stanford and other universities who are developing clean-energy innovations.
This year is on track to far surpass the all-time global average heat record set in 2015 even as a series of widespread floods have struck eastern North Carolina since Labor Day, and as weather extremes continue ravaging communities around the world. Leading scientists say methane leaking and venting from US natural gas wells and equipment is making global warming worse, and that it makes the burning of natural gas for electricity even worse for the climate than burning coal.
We’re calling on Dr. Brodhead to use his good name to inspire the public by taking assertive action to avert one of the greatest and most urgent challenges facing humanity: the accelerating climate crisis. Duke University should join leading universities who are adopting innovations that could become a critical step toward stemming global warming before it passes a looming point of no return.
* NC WARN’s report to President Brodhead: Analysis of and Alternatives to the Proposed Duke University Natural Gas-Fired CHP PlantDonate Now