Coalition to Duke Energy: Dump ALEC!
by Connor Gibson
August 29, 2012
Dear Mr. Rogers,
We, the undersigned, a coalition of environmental, civil rights, and democracy reform groups are writing to express our concern for the extensive support provided by Duke Energy to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and request Duke Energy disassociate and stop funding ALEC immediately.
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 Energys support for it. Duke Energy has repeatedly stated concern over climate change, yet is participating in ALECs Energy, Environment and Agriculture task force, which includes notorious climate skeptics like the Heartland Institute and the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (which we understand Duke Energy disassociated from in 2009 due to its role in obstructing national climate policy). In direct opposition to Duke Energys position on climate, ALECs Energy, Environment and Agriculture task force continues to advance legislative efforts that attempt to deny the realities of climate change. ALEC more broadly demonstrates an attack against state action on climate change and renewable energy, promoting laws and resolutions that undermine states abilities to address climate change and expand clean energy. While Jim Rogers has called for the US to wean [itself] from the use of foreign oil,[viii] Duke works alongside multinational oil companies like ExxonMobil, BP, Shell and Chevron within ALEC, all of which are known for their heavy obstruction of U.S. climate and clean energy policies. Perhaps most alarmingly, ALEC is spearheading attacks on our democracy and civil rights, promoting Voter ID legislation and other bills intended to make it more difficult for people to vote and participate in our democracy. These bills will most dramatically hit young people, people of color and poor people, suppressing them and their ability to vote.
We collectively call upon Duke Energy to drop all financial and staff support to ALEC due not only to their role in blocking clean energy implementation and solutions to global warming, but due to their direct attacks on democracy and our civil rights. We look forward to a quick response and would be happy to provide any clarification or additional resources informing our questions, if needed. Sincerely, Energy Action Coalition Greenpeace Common Cause Center for Media & Democracy CREDO Action Public Citizen Friends of the Earth Progressive Change Campaign Committee Oil Change International Southern Energy Network Checks & Balances Project