The NC Utilities Commission is holding public hearings about Duke Energy's proposed 17.4 percent residential rate hike.
As Americans across the country rally for their rights to a prosperous and healthy future, industry allies that place profit above innovation and well-being are using their influence to continue with "business as usual." And that includes increasing pollution by removing needed and hard-won protections for our air and water.
This October, the House passed a bill that essentially ties the EPA's hands in providing consistent federal oversight on coal ash dams that are at risk of failure or are known to be leaking toxins into our waterways. We will fight this dangerous bill in the Senate.
With our economic woes, it seems an unlikely time for Duke Energy to hike their residential rates by almost 18 percent, especially when you consider the $131 million credit they received on their taxes. How much is too much? When it comes to profit at the expense of the people, it seems as if there is no such thing as too much. The time for us to take control not only of our energy future, but also of our democracy, is here and now.
For the mountains and rivers,
Duke Energy Wants Customers to Foot the Bill
Seeking to raise $4.8 billion for facility upgrades, Duke Energy is asking ratepayers to cough it up. But the proposed 17-percent rate hike has the electricity provider's nearly 1.8 customers speaking up.
On Oct. 11, public hearings began, allowing N.C. residents and businesses to respond. How do you feel about paying more to a company that made a record $1.3 billion last year? Make your voice heard, attend a hearing or submit a comment to the N.C. Utilities Commission.
[ Take action against Duke Energy's proposed rate hikes. ]
Household Trash More Dangerous Than Coal Ash, According to Congress
In mid-October, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that might make you believe that your trash can is more dangerous than a leaky, toxic, coal ash dam.
The bright spot? Due to grassroots pressure, a number of representatives from Appalachian states stood on the side of public health and safety, not polluters. The next step is fighting the bill in the Senate.
[ Read about the vote and this dangerous bill.]
This fall we've hit the road once again with our Appalachian Treasures Tour, a presentation series where we highlight the impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining on Appalachian communities. Since September we've been to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Illinois! Adam Hall, a volunteer with Keeper of the Mountains in West Virginia, joined our Field Organizer Austin Hall on the tour, speaking to churches to universities.
[ Visit our Appalachian Treasures page for info on upcoming tours. ]
Appalachian Voices Roundup....
SUMBIT YOUR BEST SHOT: Appalachian Voices and Mast General Store are again sponsoring the Our Ecological Footprint category of the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, offering a $500 prize. Deadline Nov. 18. [ Learn more about the competition. ]
ANOTHER DRUG-TAKEBACK SUCCESS: At our most recent Operation Medicine Cabinet in Watauga County, NC, we collected more than 86,000 pills and 8,000 needles, helping to keep unwanted prescription drugs out of our waterways and away from our kids.
[ Read about Operation Medicine Cabinet. ]
VIRGINIA RISING: On Oct. 17 and 18, over fifty people joined us, Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards, and other partners outside the Virginia Governor McDonnell’s Energy Conference in Richmond to protest his dirty energy policies and demanded the state save Ison Rock Ridge. The next rally is Nov. 16 in D.C..
[ Help save Ison Rock Ridge. ]