We Deserve Better!!!

Duke Energy executives say all the right things in public and yet they are still pushing to build two massive coal-fired power plants just west of Charlotte that will emit over 10 million tons of carbon pollution in NC's air every year for the next 50 years and beyond.

Here are just a few great quotes from James Rogers, Duke Energy CEO, on Climate Change:

“I'm not a scientist. I only know what I read. But my understanding of where we are today is that the earth is getting warmer and that man-made emissions are contributing to it. There are differences of opinion about what the impact on the planet will be. But as I understand the scientific conclusions, and knowing that the power plant industry in this country produces 35 percent of all C[O.sub.2] emissions in the U.S., I think it's incumbent upon us to address the issue. I'm convinced that the sooner we go to work on it, the higher the probability that we can find new technologies to allow us to reduce emissions.”

Institutional Investor 08/01/2006

“The science says we need to act,”

AP 10/06

"As a major coal-burning utility, some might expect us to duck this issue, but avoiding the debate over global climate change and failing to understand its consequences are not options for us."

Duke Energy 2005 Annual Plan

"To simply avoid this debate and fail to understand the implications of the regulation of CO2 and GHG on our company is not an option."

USA Today 4/24/05 (Quoted from Cinergy 2004 Annual Report; Rogers devoted 32 pgs to GW)

"Climate change is real, and we clearly believe we are on a route to mandatory controls on carbon dioxide," Rogers said. "And we need to start now because the longer we wait, the more difficult and expensive this is going to be."

International Herald Tribune 12/12/06

"While other countries are incentivising (the building of) new technologies in a comprehensive fashion, we are arguing about what to do. . . the US lags sorely behind,concerned that movement to address the climate change issue might create some kind of economic instability.”

(Financial Times, June 14, 2005)

"As a major coal-burning utility, some might expect us to duck this issue," he said. "Butavoiding the debate over global climate change and failing to understand its consequences are not options for us."

(Cincinnati Post, March 30, 2005)

“There's nothing we can put on our plants that will reduce carbon dioxide

“The reason we signed up (with the Climate Leaders program) is we felt we should be leading on this rather than following. And we wanted to shape the future around this issue.”

“I'm fighting for certainty. And in exchange for certainty, I'd agree to greater reductions at my plants,”

The Cincinnati Enquirer 3/31/2002

"People increasingly will believe that greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced and that actions should begin today to prepare for that eventuality,"

Times 6/12

“With changes in state regulation, we could really stimulate energy efficiency

"The most efficient and environmentally responsible plant you can build is the one that you don't build."

http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/11/29/business/energy.php?page=1">New York Times 11/29/06

“This Action Plan creates the building blocks for a sustainable energy efficiency and conservation effort that must be part of a portfolio approach to meeting our nation’s growing energy needs,”

Duke Energy (7/31/06)

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? After reading all those great quotes, can you believe Duke Energy is planning to build another dirty coal-fired plant in Charlotte that will cost us (Duke customers) $3 Billion? That dirty price doesn't even include the environmental and health costs associated with the extraction and buring of coal!

We deserve better! OUR CHILDREN deserve better!

Don't Forget!
Because initial cost estimates of this coal-fired project has jumped from $2 billion to $3 billion, the NC Utilities Commission has offered the public another chance to comment on this “investment” which will be paid for by us, the ratepayers.

ATTEND THE PUBLIC HEARING IN CHARLOTTE - WED. JANUARY 10, 7:00 PM
Charlotte/Mecklenburg Public Library (downstairs)
310 N. Tryon Street
* PRESS CONFERENCE Outside at 6 pm
(We expect large crowds.Carpooling encouraged; if you need transportation, call (704) 342-9161
Parking at 7th Street Station (Reid’s), enter parking garage off 6th St. due to construction; $5.00)

Talking Points:

▪ Duke Energy has not demonstrated a clear need for this facility or explored other options.

▪ The Utilities Commission should require Duke to pursue the least-cost option of providing power, which also happens to be the option that creates many more jobs: energy efficiency and renewable energy sources like wind, solar and biomass.

▪ The NCUC is charged with regulating monopoly utilities in the public interest: coal-fired power plants are not in the public interest, especially given the available alternatives that cost the same or less but don’t cause haze, smog, asthma, heart and lung disease, mercury poisoning of our children, or global warming pollution.

To learn more visit us on our website: www.clean-air-coalition.org

You Can Make A Difference!

If you can't make it to a Hearing, please write to the NC Utilities Commission in support of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Programs:

NC Utilities Commission
Re: Docket E7, Sub 790 (Cliffside)
4325 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4325

Additional Hearings on Duke Energy's Cliffside Case:

January 11 - 9am
Shelby City Hall
New Council Chambers
300 S. Washington St., Shelby, NC

January 17 - 9am
Dobbs Building
Commission Hearing Room
430 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC
Parking is across the street in the public structure

Comments

Kelly

Thanks for posting, sharing information and joining the fray. I have made some minor formatting edits to your post and may do some more to correct code conflicts and to emphasize what I understand to be your intent.

thank you

I'm not sure what happened to my last Blog post (it looks a mess!)... I am a new blogger :) Thanks for your understanding.

No problemo

Just use the earth symbol for links and the smiley face for blockquotes instead of em+strong

Thank you for this post and

Thank you for this post and information. Am unable to attend for health reasons, but there is nothing at all wrong with my keyboard so I intend to write and shout the information everywhere I can to get this lunacy stopped. There are so many much better and already operating power plants that I am appalled that companies are even still considering coal let alone building them.
One city in Europe is burning their garbage and producing enough electricity to fill the needs of the city. Lord knows we have no lack of garbage in the US as we are the most wasteful people on Earth. Garbage is cheap, in fact since people pay to have it hauled away DP could make a double profit, one for hauling and two for using instead of other fuels that cost. And, the technology has been developed and perfected. Currently a bit more expensive to build the garbage burning plant initially it quite quickly pays for itself because of the no-cost “fuel”.

YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOME. THANK YOU FOR VISITING. BRENDA BOWERS

just wondering

how can any option that requires the use of more resources of technology and labor (creating more jobs) possibly be the cheaper option? obviously this plan includes reducing the compensation of the proletariat

Enlightened citizens of America...I call on you to cast off archaic notions of private property and cede your belongings to the omnipotent state. Follow me, comrades, into the enlightened century of benevolent central planning! Vive la revolution!

We've got a live one

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From like 1949...

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

duke's plan isn't cost effective

Duke Energy says the two new coal-fired units will cost $3 Billion for construction alone - cost does not include the environmental costs and health costs of extracting and burning coal OR the expected increase cost of coal in the near future with upcoming carbon taxes and stricter regulations.

Duke Energy says that construction of the units will create 1,000 temp jobs and after construction, units will create 100 permanent jobs.

Energy efficiency programs and renewables can employ many more people for $2 billion and more than that for $3 Billion. Not to mention energy efficiency costs 3 cents kWh whereas, coal costs 4 cents.