Stimulus recipient, polluter gives Dems $10 million credit line
Democrats have turned to Duke Energy Corporation for a $10 million line of credit for their 2012 convention, an alliance that poses the appearance of a double standard for an administration that pledges a green energy strategy.
Many Democrats and the Obama administration have vilified coal, urging a move toward cleaner energy. Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed stricter controls on mercury and other toxic air pollutants from power plants burning coal, one of many rules proposed by the agency that take aim at coal pollution.
Duke is the nation’s third largest coal-burning utility, thriving on the black rock to generate electricity in five states. It has vowed to shut down rather than clean up operations at some of its coal-fired plants. Nearly half the company’s plants are coal, and it hasn’t built a nuclear facility since 1985. Solar, wind, and other supposedly green “bio” technologies account for only 9 percent of Duke’s power generation.
Yet Democrats didn’t hesitate to accept Duke’s offer to secure a $10 million line of credit for their presidential nominating convention in Charlotte next year, despite a $100,000 limit on individual and corporate contributions. And Duke’s CEO, James Rogers, is leading the effort to raise $36.6 million to underwrite the event.
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