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.”
“The science says we need to act,”
"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."
"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,”
"People increasingly will believe that greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced and that actions should begin today to prepare for that eventuality,"
“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!
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)
▪ 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
Commission Hearing Room
430 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC
Parking is across the street in the public structure