June 29 2017: Community Rights Movement Promotes Local Sovereignty

At the July 4 Independence From Fossil Fuels gathering at Lake Julian, many T-shirts and signs will ask “Who decides?” Who determines what kind of energy will power our city? Right now, the answer is “Duke Energy decides.” Duke (the largest electric utility in the U.S.) is a monopoly, so even if Asheville residents want solar, wind and other renewables, the company can build plants that burn fracked gas and raise our electric rates to pay for them. This would lock us into years of dependence on fossil fuel when environmental leaders worldwide are calling for giant steps toward renewable energy to stave off climate disaster.

June 14 2017: Asheville becomes First North Carolina City pass Resolution Calling for 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

 Asheville, NC – On June 13th 2017 the Asheville City Councilors passed a resolution supporting a State goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050, or sooner, in all energy sectors. It references the Stanford and UC Berkley study lead by Dr. Marc Jacobson, that concluded the US energy supply could be based entirely on renewable energy by 2050 and 80% by 2030 using current technologies while creating green jobs. The resolution acknowledges the inordinate impact of fossil fuel use on communities of color who are often more likely to be exposed to pollution and suffer cancer and asthma. Read More>>>

June 12 2017: July 4th Action on Lake Julian Demands Independence from Fossil Fuels

Asheville, NC – This Independence Day, July 4, 2017, climate activists and concerned citizens will peacefully protest Duke Energy’s construction of a gas-fired power plant in Arden, NC. Local nonprofit, Community Roots are organizing the lake-based event to ask that the City of Asheville and Buncombe county be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2050 in accordance with House Resolution 401 introduced to the NC state legislature in March 2017. Read More>>>