Greenpeace targets electric utilities in campaign launched in Asheville Monday

From an article in the Charlotte Observer:

Greenpeace, the environmental group known for facing off against whalers on the high seas, has targeted its own behemoth in Duke Energy.

The group said Tuesday it has launched a campaign to make Duke “the clean energy company that North Carolina and the United States deserve.” Greenpeace faults Duke for its use of coal and for what the group considers inaction on renewable energy.

Duke says the campaign ignores its work to reduce pollutants and invest in renewables, especially wind.

Charlotte-based Duke is an imposing target. It will be the largest U.S. utility if a merger with Progress Energy is approved. It is one of the largest U.S. emitters of heat-trapping carbon dioxide.

It is also led by a chief executive, Jim Rogers, who has been outspoken on the industry’s need to reduce emissions and address climate change, an effort that has stalled in Congress.

Greenpeace says it’s calling on Duke to back up its rhetoric.

“It’s a question of action at this point,” said Greenpeace coal campaign director, Gabe Wisniewski.

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