ASSERTING the PUBLIC VOICE in NC:
There is increasing urgency to prevent Duke Energy’s
new global warming machine
EXPERTS DEMAND ACTION: The global scientific community just redoubled its warning that climate change is accelerating, and the world’s top experts are calling for urgent action to reduce greenhouse gases. “Extreme weather conditions will be more common. Tropical storms will be more frequent and intense. Heat waves and heavy rains will affect some areas, raising the risk of wildfires and the spread of diseases. Elsewhere, drought will degrade cropland and spoil the quality of water sources … Climate change will affect poor countries most but will be felt everywhere.” (links at end)
WEATHER DISASTERS ARE ALREADY SOARING: British-based charity Oxfam released a new report this week, “Climate Alarm,” showing that weather-related disasters have quadrupled over the last 20 years, mostly due to global warming, and that 250 million people are already suffering each year. “This is no freak year. It follows a pattern of more frequent, more erratic, more unpredictable and more extreme weather events that are affecting more people.”
GOOD NEWS: Yet another new U.S. coal-fired power plant was cancelled this week, this one by Washington state regulators – due to climate concerns. … “among a string of recent setbacks for new polluting power plants nationwide … as concerns rise about climate change.”
But Duke Energy’s Jim Rogers still wants to build a massive coal-fired power plant near Charlotte.
Stopping this new coal plant is the best thing [North Carolina] can do
to slow global warming. Dr. James Hansen, the nation’s foremost climate change expert
PLEASE TAKE ACTION – AND LET US KNOW
1) If you’ve already urged Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers to cancel the Cliffside plant, please do it again and let us know. ContactUs@duke-energy.com or PO Box 1090, Charlotte, NC 28201-1090 (Please forward or blind copy to email@example.com)
2) If you’ve already encouraged FIVE people to contact Mr. Rogers, can you please find five more – including elected officials?
3) Demand the NC news media to withstand utility influence and do its job. Most of the issues above are being underreported or entirely ignored.
Add your voice to those from across the state who are calling on CEO Rogers to back up his statements of concern about global warming. And tell him to stop his PR team’s bogus claim that building Cliffside would be a “modernization” project.
Tell him North Carolina is ready to move ahead with proven efficiency and renewable energy programs – the fastest way to cut greenhouse gases.
Pursuing new power plants is squandering our chances to cut greenhouse gases.
Dr. Hansen visits NC http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/777434.htm