Quantcast

Coalition Slams Duke Energy for Funding Voter Suppression Laws and Dirty Energy Policies

Energy

Energy Action Coalition

A coalition of environmental, democratic reform and civil rights groups released an open letter to Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers today, calling on him to stop funding voter suppression by dropping the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) before the Democratic National Conference.

The groups signing today’s letter and launching public petitions include: Energy Action Coalition, Greenpeace, Common Cause, CREDO Action, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Public Citizen, Center for Media & Democracy, Friends of the Earth, Oil Change International, Southern Energy Network and the Checks & Balances Project.

“ALEC is not only responsible for drafting model state laws attacking renewable energy programs and climate policies, it is also intentionally crafting and supporting Voter ID bills and other legislation designed to suppress people from voting and participating in our democracy. We are concerned about this fundamental attack on our democracy and civil rights, and Duke Energy’s support for it” read the joint letter.

The groups are calling on Duke Energy to drop ALEC immediately. ALEC has pushed for voter suppression laws that could be responsible for disenfranchising upwards of 5 million people in 2012, and stood against renewable energy programs and policies to fight climate change. Publicly, Duke Energy has pledged to address climate change and implement clean energy programs, despite continuing their association with ALEC.

“It’s time for Jim Rogers and Duke Energy to put their money where their mouth is and drop ALEC. Duke Energy claims to care about climate change and clean energy, and yet they work with ALEC, an organization that fights tooth and nail for legislation that ignores the realities of climate change, and attacks clean energy programs,” said Maura Cowley, executive director of Energy Action Coalition. “On top of that, Duke is supporting ALEC’s flagrant attempts to strip people of their civil rights and the right to vote. We’re calling on Jim Rogers to cut Duke Energy’s ties to ALEC immediately.”

During the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, Duke Energy’s hometown, the coalition plans to take further action to expose Duke Energy for supporting ALEC and funding voter suppression. Details will be released early next week.

Thirty-eight companies including General Electric, Walmart and Entergy Services have left ALEC in recent months due to ALEC’s role in supporting voter suppression and advancing the “Stand Your Ground Laws” that drew fire after the Trayvon Martin case.

Take a stand today and sign the CREDO Action petition telling Duke Energy to stop funding ALEC and its attempt to disenfranchise millions of voters.

Visit EcoWatch’s ENERGY page for more related news on this topic.

 

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

Milk made from almonds, oats and coconut are among the healthiest alternatives to cow's milk. triocean / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Dairy aisles have exploded with milk and milk alternative options over the past few years, and choosing the healthiest milk isn't just about the fat content.

Whether you're looking beyond cow's milk for health reasons or dietary preferences or simply want to experiment with different options, you may wonder which type of milk is healthiest for you.

Read More Show Less
Greta Thunberg stands aboard the catamaran La Vagabonde as she sets sail to Europe in Hampton, Virginia, on Nov. 13. NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP via Getty Images

Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist whose weekly school strikes have spurred global demonstrations, has cut short her tour of the Americas and set sail for Europe to attend COP25 in Madrid next month, as The New York Times reported.

Read More Show Less
Sponsored
The Lake Delhi Dam in Iowa failed in 2010. VCU Capital News Service / Josh deBerge / FEMA

At least 1,688 dams across the U.S. are in such a hazardous condition that, if they fail, could force life-threatening floods on nearby homes, businesses, infrastructure or entire communities, according to an in-depth analysis of public records conducted by the the Associated Press.

Read More Show Less

By Sabrina Kessler

Far-reaching allegations about how a climate-sinning American multinational could shamelessly lie to the public about its wrongdoing mobilized a small group of New York students on a cold November morning. They stood in front of New York's Supreme Court last week to follow the unprecedented lawsuit against ExxonMobil.

Read More Show Less

By Alex Robinson

Leah Garcés used to hate poultry farmers.

The animal rights activist, who opposes factory farming, had an adversarial relationship with chicken farmers until around five years ago, when she sat down to listen to one. She met a poultry farmer called Craig Watts in rural North Carolina and learned that the problems stemming from factory farming extended beyond animal cruelty.

Read More Show Less
Sponsored
People navigate snow-covered sidewalks in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on Nov. 11 in Chicago. Scott Olson / Getty Images

Temperatures plunged rapidly across the U.S. this week and around 70 percent of the population is expected to experience temperatures around freezing Wednesday.

Read More Show Less
A general view of the flooded St. Mark's Square after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, on Nov. 13 in Venice. MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP / Getty Images

Two people have died as Venice has been inundated by the worst flooding it has seen in more than 50 years, The Guardian reported Wednesday.

Read More Show Less
Supply boats beside Aberdeen Wind Farm on Aug. 4, 2018. Rab / CC BY 2.0

President Donald Trump doesn't like wind turbines.

In April, he claimed they caused cancer, and he sued to stop an offshore wind farm that was scheduled to go up near land he had purchased for a golf course in Aberdeenshire in Scotland. He lost that fight, and now the Trump Organization has agreed to pay the Scottish government $290,000 to cover its legal fees, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Read More Show Less