Students Call Duke Energy to #dumpALEC
by Dan Cannon
Last Thursday, students wanted to make sure Duke Energy heard loud and clear that they need to #dumpALEC. So students held a national call in day, driving in hundreds of calls encouraging Duke Energy to #dumpALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a corporate bill mill that brings state lawmakers to the table with lobbyists and lawyers from large companies (Duke Energy, ExxonMobil and Koch Industries, for example) and front groups in order to write model state laws. These include widely reported controversies like voter suppression, blocks on clean energy and pollution controls, breaking unions, the S.B.1070 law allowing racial profiling in Arizona, and the Stand Your Ground laws involved in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
From North Carolina, to Pittsburgh, to upstate New York and Michigan, students held events raising awareness about Dukes dirty relationship. University of North Carolina Wilmington student Caitlin Hall said:
Although the event lasted hours Duke Energy stopped answering calls almost immediately, sending students to voicemail. The only person I was able to talk to directly was a frazzled assistant named Sherri. She inquired as to why they were receiving so many calls about this issue and who had organized the event, probably so they could figure out how to avoid something like this in the future. Of course theres an easy way for that to happen: Duke just needs to #dumpALEC
Its not only Greenpeace that is calling for an end to this relationship, groups such as Color of Change, Credo Action, Common Cause, and Energy Action Coalition are continuing to call on Duke Energy to #dumpALEC.Take action and tell Duke Energy to #dumpALEC!
Duke Energy is guilty of heavily influencing our political system on local, state and national levels, however students at Greenpeace choose to focus in on one of Dukes dirtiest relationships.Duke Energy has an unhealthy relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Beyond giving ALEC $116,000 since 2009, Duke Energy employees work directly with ALECs Energy, Environment and Agriculture task force to create model bills. ALECs anti-environmental agenda includes:
- Withdrawing states from regional climate change programs,
- Attacking state renewable energy standards,
- Obstruction of clean air and water laws,
- Keeping gas fracking chemicals secret
Join students across the country in asking Duke to#dumpALEC
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