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A few of the news articles citing NC WARN

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Residents air concerns, frustrations over Robeson County coal ash site at meeting — Fayetteville Observer

The 16 people who attended watched a few short films about coal-related pollution. That was followed by a discussion led by organizer Nick Wood of NC Warn, a group that advocates for climate protection through the use of clean energy, and Christine Ellis of the Winyah Rivers Foundation.

Duke Energy plans to help on L.A. wind farm project — but what about Florida? — Tampa Bay Times

Added Jim Warren, executive director of North Carolina-based environmental group NC WARN: “Some parts of the Duke Energy company are doing some wonderful, progressive things. What about us? What about your monopoly prisoners in these southeastern states?”

AG fights Duke Energy rake hikes before NC Supreme Court — WCNC

Attorney General Roy Copper’s office along with the environmental group North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network, or NC WARN say Duke is charging homeowners too much, and super consumers like server farms and factories too little.

NC Solar Industry In Jeopardy If Utilities Get Their Way — WFAE

In the span of five years, the solar industry in North Carolina has grown from nearly non-existent to fourth-largest in the nation, behind California, Arizona, and New Jersey. The pace is accelerating, with solar capacity set to more than double in the state, at least this year. The state’s powerful electric utilities are pushing changes that could blot out the industry in North Carolina.

UTILITIES: Is Duke Energy following its home state’s turn to the right? — Greenwire

Jim Warren, executive director of the advocacy group NC WARN, said he sympathizes with Rogers’ push for a greener future but adds that North Carolina, where Duke is still dominated by fossil fuels, has little to show for his efforts. Duke is currently 41 percent coal, 33 percent nuclear, 24 percent gas, and 2 percent hydropower and solar energy.

NC solar project helps renewable energy, but a bigger boost is needed — News & Observer

This N&O editorial is consistent with NC WARN’s view: that Duke Energy is not doing enough to promote solar power.

There’s good news for alternative energy and northeastern North Carolina in the announcement that Duke Energy Renewables will build a massive solar energy project in Pasquotank County. But this sunny story also casts a shadow.

Duke Energy Agreement To Cover NC Coal Ash Spill Costs Leaves Questions, Clean Water Groups Say — International Business Times

John Runkle, an attorney at NC WARN, a Durham, N.C.-based climate advocacy group, said. “We’re very concerned about any plans for the ultimate storage of that [waste],” he said. “We want to make sure that we’re not just passing the problem on.”

NC lawmakers cannot kick Duke’s ash can down the road — The News & Observer

Op-Ed by Jim Warren. Closing our eyes won’t make Duke Energy’s toxic coal ash dumps go away. This tragedy for Dan River communities has now expanded into an enormous statewide toxic waste challenge requiring unprecedented leadership. The General Assembly cannot kick the ash can down the road.

Toxic grounds now part of N.C. landscape — News & Record

It’s tragic that the state finds the need to set priorities for these sites, said Jim Warren, the executive director of N.C. Waste Awareness and Reduction Network, a nonprofit organization that advocates for stricter laws against polluters.

Timely cleanup unlikely at state’s hazardous waste sites — WRAL

By sheer numbers, the 14 coal ash ponds spread across North Carolina pale in comparison to the nearly 3,000 various waste sites across the state. That includes decommissioned industrial facilities, abandoned dry cleaners and old landfills. Despite the sometimes active threats to water or air, many of these sites take years or decades to clean up, if they’re cleaned up at all. And the fund to clear out the contamination can’t keep up.

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