Leadership Quotes – WNC 100% Renewables Coalition

Asheville becomes First North Carolina City to pass Resolution Calling for 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

“This is a great step, we are fully in support of the City of Asheville passing this resolution and now we need to give it some teeth. The City and County need to commit to this goal and begin taking actionable steps toward implementation so we can avoid, or at least lessen, climate catastrophe.”Kat Houghton PhD, Community Roots Board Member and Asheville Community Rights project co-lead

“If we are going to reach this goal then one of two things needs to happen. Either Duke Energy stops plans to build two new gas-fired plants and invests instead in renewable energy or we break Duke’s monopoly on electricity production in North Carolina allowing citizens to choose where their energy comes from. The current legal structure in NC allows the rights of corporations to be put above the rights of the people of Asheville.”Tyler Garrison, Community Roots board member, local business owner and Asheville Community Rights project co-lead

“When it comes to our energy future, who has more rights: one large energy monopoly, or the combined citizens of Asheville?”Jamie Friedrich, organizer with Community Roots

“It’s easy to get lost in the maze of utility regulatory law; we want people to understand the issues at stake, what Duke Energy is asking for and feel empowered to go speak their mind to the Utilities Commissioners. Street theater is a powerful way to reach folks on a personal level by making the invisible or confusing issues, both visible and more easily understood.” – Suzannah Park, leader of the Wild Asheville Community Chorus, Community Roots Organizer