So this Wednesday morning the NC Utilities Commission is holding a public hearing in Raleigh about the request by Duke Energy to add two more coal fired plants near Charlotte.
Many environmentalists as well as consumers are opposed to these two new plants.
Why would we support this? Do we need more air pollution in Charlotte? Do we not understand that coal burning is connected to global warming? Has Duke Energy considered working on alternative clean fuels? There is a study that shows that conservation alone could save as much and more energy than these two plants will produce.
When the costs estimates went up from two to three billion dollars, Duke Energy was forced to reconsider the proposal. The effect of these plants on what each of us will pay for electricity will not be pretty. The hearings in Shelby and Charlotte were well attended by consumers. This might be something we can stop if folks can get there to the hearings or write to the NC Utilities Commmission asking them not to approve something that will raise our rates, add poisonous gases to the air, and lead to flooding and catastrophic weather changes.