NC Climate Justice Collective and NC WARN launched a new collaborative project–the Energy Democracy Leadership Institute (EDLI)–on Saturday, June 27th. Debuting virtually, EDLI is an energy and climate justice grassroots organizing and leadership program. It will run for 6 months with an intergenerational and Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) cohort of emerging leaders from eastern North Carolina. The 8 counties represented are all counties where chronic disinvestment, climate disasters and pollution from energy corporations are pervasive issues.
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Activist Elizabeth Yeampierre has long focused on the connections between racial injustice and the environment and climate change. In the wake of George Floyd’s killing and the outsized impact of Covid-19 on communities of color, she hopes people may finally be ready to listen.
Duke Energy, the nation’s largest investor-owned electric utility, claims to make affordability, efficiency and access to renewable energy for its low-income customers a priority. But an investigation by the Environmental Working Group shows that just the opposite is true.
The civil rights group is trying to stop state and local branches from accepting money from utilities that promote fossil fuels and then lobbying on their behalf.
The state is failing low-income communities with large African-American and Native American populations by allowing polluting industries to concentrate in their counties, a group of residents said Wednesday as they demanded that an environmental justice advisory board do more to advocate for them.
Environmental activists called on Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration to reconsider a key permit issued for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition and Friends of the Earth filed a petition to revoke the permit issued last year under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.
A new, diverse coalition of 15 local, state and national groups today launched what they called a vigorous statewide campaign to end Duke Energy’s monopoly control of North Carolina’s energy markets and public officials, saying the corporation is harming communities, gouging consumers and making climate change worse. It’s a rare citizen-led effort organized to break up the monopoly control of a U.S. corporate utility.
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Robeson County leaders are taking a stand against Duke Energy’s plan to seek state approval to charge more for the electricity it sells. The utility says its needs to raise rates to pay for costs incurred during recent weather events, including Hurricane Florence.
NC WARN has worked through many years to challenge environmental racism and economic injustices in our campaigns to help protect communities and slow climate change. For the past few years, our board and staff have invested time and energy to focus on how we can be a more inclusive and equitable organization as we increasingly bring those who are first and worst impacted by climate change to the center of our work.
Now, Duke Energy has admitted once again to state regulators that it can’t back the PR with action. It can’t meet a state renewable energy requirement that it generate a tiny amount of electricity from hog waste now or anytime soon. By 2018, 0.2 percent of the renewable requirement was supposed to come from hog waste.