As the Democratic National Convention kicks-off in Charlotte, NC, a coalition of environmental, civil rights and democracy reform groups confronted Charlotte-based Duke Energy with demands to stop voter suppression by dropping the American Legislative Exchange Council. This week the groups will deliver the signatures of more than 150,000 citizens to Duke Energy offices across the country, demanding Duke live up to its expressed commitment to stopping climate change by dropping ALEC, which, in addition to pushing for voter suppression laws across the country, also advocates for climate denial legislation.
Groups Call Out Duke for Sponsoring DNC While Participating in Organization Systematically Disenfranchising Americans
New Videos Show Democratic Lawmakers Encouraging Duke to Drop ALEC
Rallies Planned at Multiple Duke Energy Offices in NC, OH, FL
**See video of Duke CEO Jim Rogers responding to questions on ALEC membership: http://youtu.be/ypDZ2LmzyvQ **
“At its fullest impact, ALEC’s voter suppression agenda would remove five million people from the polls. That’s the equivalent of taking the entire populations of Wyoming, Vermont, North Dakota, Alaska, South Dakota, Delaware, Montana and Rhode Island out of the electorate,” said Maura Cowley, executive director of Energy Action. “It’s outrageous that one of the largest funders of the Democratic Convention would participate in an organization that supports legislation to systematically disenfranchise large portions of the American voting public.”
Last week a coalition of environmental, civil rights and democracy reform groups announced they were coming together with an Open Letter to Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers. The petition, which launched only last Wednesday, has already gathered 150,000 signatures.
Groups in the coalition 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; the Southern Energy Network; and the Checks & Balances Project.
“It’s disturbing that Duke Energy is funding ALEC – a group dedicated to attacking clean energy programs and working to suppress the voting rights of millions of Americans,” said Josh Nelson, campaign manager at CREDO Action. “Duke should focus on keeping the lights on for its customers -- not turning the lights off on their right to vote. Duke should immediately end its relationship with the vote-suppressing, anti-environment American Legislative Exchange Council.”
In addition to the rallies and petition deliveries, supporters will participate in an online day action, including social media campaigns, calling on Duke to drop ALEC and support clean politics and clean energy.
Sen. Chuck Schumer: http://youtu.be/n2nqk39MzW8
Sen. Dick Durbin: http://youtu.be/jC3HLzyup7Q
Energy Action Coalition is a coalition of 50 youth-led environmental and social justice groups working together to build the youth clean energy and climate movement. Working with hundreds of campus and youth groups, dozens of youth networks, and hundreds of thousands of young people, Energy Action Coalition and its partners have united a burgeoning movement behind winning local victories and coordinating on state, regional, and national levels in the United States and Canada.