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By The Commentators

North Carolina Must Rise To Its Unique Climate Challenge

By The Commentators Posted March 8, 2013 at 4:18 pm

NASA’s James Hansen recently declared that climate change has become a planetary emergency.

If humanity doesn’t begin cutting global emissions by 2015, the climate crisis will pass a point of no return – and a hellish condition for us all.

North Carolina has a unique duty to help avert climate and economic chaos – because the world’s second-largest power company is based in Charlotte.

The sheer size of Duke Energy means that its transition to clean energy could be a climate game-changer.

NC WARN and allies are pressing Duke to phase out fossil-fueled electricity by ramping up energy-saving programs, and renewable power – which are far cheaper than the nuclear plants Duke hopes to build.

In fact, Duke is investing heavily in solar and wind out West. But in the Southeast, Duke is blocking clean energy so it can keep burning coal and gas while trying to build new nukes.

Tragically, our society has been very slow to respond to the climate crisis.

Indeed, the acceleration of bizarre weather and rising storm surges can feel paralyzing.

And our government is surely failing its duty.

But NC WARN and allies have a strong chance of persuading Duke Energy to join the Clean Energy Revolution.

North Carolina must rise to this extraordinary moral challenge.

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