A top climate expert leads 45 scientists in writing a letter calling for Gov. Roy Cooper and Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good to stop Duke’s gas expansion.
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Duke commissioned federal study that called for far more renewables; utilities commission now say it’s too late to consider, but they should seek more time from legislature.
By 2017, Duke Energy had squandered billions of dollars and 13 years failing to license and build experimental nuclear reactors they had insisted would avoid the massive construction failures of the 1970s. Now, Duke is seeking approval of a carbon plan with a different type of experimental reactor – with unfinished design and already-soaring costs – and proposes to build dozens of them in the Carolinas alone.
San Diego engineer offers proven plan that would avoid billions in transmission costs and disruption of communities, boost resilience and avoid Duke Energy’s huge gas expansion.
The opposition to Duke Energy’s draft carbon plan goes deep. Scores of parties are opposing – many of them vigorously – Duke’s costly, natural gas-heavy proposal. Included are local governments; faith, social justice and climate justice groups; national, state and local clean energy nonprofits and business alliances; 33 former EPA officials; various business and industrial groups, and the state attorney general’s office.
Stopping emissions of natural gas (methane) – a super-potent heat trapper – could “give the world a fighting chance” to prevent “catastrophic global warming” from becoming irreversible. That’s the message from a leading global scientist based at Duke University.
NC WARN commends the NC Sustainable Energy Association, Southern Environmental Law Center and their partners for offering a North Carolina carbon reduction plan that we believe is consistent with the needs of North Carolinians, particularly in terms of climate and economic justice.
Duke Energy misled NC Utilities Commissioners and public with their draft carbon plan. Attorney General and others point to manipulations and bogus info in Duke’s plan that could lead to dozens of new, climate-wrecking natural gas-burning power units.
A public backlash to Duke Energy’s proposal to alter rooftop solar rules is more than double the input of any NC Utilities Commission case in recent memory. More than 2,300 North Carolinians have pressed the commission to reject Duke’s climate-wrecking attack on solar.
Solar power and social justice advocates challenging Duke Energy’s attempt to weaken the economics of rooftop solar power in North Carolina today filed a motion calling for an evidentiary hearing so Duke officials can be cross-examined under oath about the lone reason – now-discredited – they want to change the rules.