Boycott also targets all new construction of coal or nuclear plants
throughout the southeast region and in the nation, as participants promote a
different path for meeting future energy demand including peak power
shifting, economic incentives for investment in energy efficiency,
conservation and renewable energy technologies that harness the resources of
wind, solar, geothermal potential, water ways, ocean waves and tides. These
latter options don't produce greenhouse gases and pollutants that threaten
public health, the environment and our children's future.
Institute for Renewable Energy
(AIRE) and Appalachian Coalition for
Just and Sustainable Communities, both with home offices in Boone, NC,
have added their organizational support for the Cliffside boycott in a
growing grassroots network that also includes the Canary
Coalition, Mountain Voices Alliance, Nuclear Information and Resource
Service, Interfaith Power & Light (the environmental network of the NC
Council of Churches), Carolinas Clean Air Coalition, and Physicians for
Social Responsibility. These
groups, with broad memberships, represent a potent coalition with offices in
can watch the Super Bowl and still participate in the Cliffside
Boycott," explains Avram Friedman of the Canary Coalition. "Each
person can decide to what extent he or she wants to become involved. The
point is, that even from the safe and secure confines of your own home you
can make a meaningful and powerful statement that will help.
By participating on any level, you've made a decision that you're
joining with others to work toward a solution.
Some will just turn off their lights, while continuing to watch
television and that's fine. Others
will turn off their main breakers. Still
others will go out and invest in all new energy efficient light bulbs and
appliances, take part in street demonstrations, court cases, legislative and
regulatory battles. All we can
ask is that everyone do what they feel they can do, as long as we're all
pulling in the same direction. The
Boycott provides that opportunity."
Boycott also includes a call for divesting from corporations, banks and
lending institutions that have major investments in new nuclear and
fossil-fueled power plant construction, such as Duke Energy, Progress
Energy, Bank of America and Citicorp. Ratepayers
are urged to switch mortgages and bank accounts to lending institutions with
more environmentally conscious investment practices and to re-invest assets
toward companies and funds that are working to further renewable energy and
Sunday, February 17, Boycott candle-light "parties" are being
organized in different towns and cities around North Carolina, allowing
ratepayers to gather, have strategy sessions, play music, read poetry and,
perhaps, have some fun, while working together to stop Cliffside and all new
polluting power plants. This
will be a monthly event.
businesses or restaurant owners who would like to host a Boycott party are
urged to inform the Canary Coalition, email@example.com, and it will
be posted on the webpage, www.canarycoalition.org and listed in subsequent
Network, Mom's Against Mercury Join Action
"parties" planned throughout
February 8, 2008
The Rainforest Action
Network and Mom's Against Mercury join with The Appalachian Institute for
Renewable Energy, Appalachian Coalition for Just and Sustainable
Communities, Canary Coalition, Mountain Voices Alliance, Nuclear Information
and Resource Service, Interfaith Power & Light (the environmental
network of the NC Council of Churches), Carolinas Clean Air Coalition, and
Physicians for Social Responsibility, in calling for electric ratepayers to turn
off their lights in solidarity for fifteen minutes, starting at 9 pm, each
Sunday night. The groups are
also asking ratepayers to divest from corporations, banks and other lending
institutions that have major investments in new coal and nuclear plants,
such as Duke Energy, Progress Energy, Bank of America and the Citi group.
Boycott parties are being planned around the state for people to
gather in solidarity. In various restaurants, homes and halls there will be
live music, poetry readings, discussion and strategy sessions.
Among other events, organizers have been informed of the following
boycott parties being planned on Sunday,
February 17, from 8-10pm. People
are encouraged to bring musical instruments, readings, ideas, yourself and a
- at Soul Infusion Tea House,
- at Pescado's,
- at Makoto's, 2124 Blowing
people attend boycott "party" in
a rebellion by electric ratepayers against the construction of Duke Energy's
proposed new Cliffside coal-burning power plant in
quickly-growing weekly Sunday Cliffside Boycott began on January 20th
promoted by three environmental organizations based in
joins with the Canary Coalition and other environmental and public interest
organizations to support the Boycott to Stop Cliffside,” said Pete
MacDowell, the group’s program director. “The Boycott is an
important way to help build the movement to stop the morally and
environmentally bankrupt effort by Duke Energy and its CEO Jim Rogers to
build another global warming machine as we face the worst environmental
crisis of the human era,” MacDowell said. “
Sunday, reports were received of candle-light Boycott "parties" in
many areas of the state, in which people gathered together as the lights
were turned off," said Avram Friedman, of the Canary Coalition.
"Some gatherings focused on strategy discussion.
Others were just people getting together to feel the solidarity while
doing something to stop global warming and air pollution.
There was live music, poetry, organizing and activism. It's all good.
This is big and it's going to get much bigger."
will continue this Sunday, February 24, 9-9:15 pm.
Participants are asked to turn off all lights in their homes for
these fifteen minutes and place a candle or battery-powered LED light in
their window. Some may choose to
turn off the main breaker.
Boycott to Stop Cliffside
March 13, 2008
Ratepayer involvement and pressure
continues to mount as the Boycott to Stop Cliffside and all new coal and
nuclear power plants entered its ninth consecutive week.
Once again this coming Sunday, March 16, at 9 pm, lights will be
turned off throughout North Carolina and by some in bordering states, for
fifteen minutes in protest against Duke Energy's plan to construct a new,
giant 800 megawatt polluting coal-burning power plant in Rutherford County.
Other coal and nuclear plants planned in
The Western North Carolina Alliance (WNCA)
is the latest prominent community organization to join in the effort to
build a groundswell to stop the power plant.
Western North Carolina Alliance strongly supports the boycott to stop
Cliffside and urges you to do the same!" says Ryan Griffith, a staff
member of WNCA. "By joining your neighbors and groups like the
Canary Coalition and the WNC Alliance in solidarity, you are making a
statement that clean air, clear skies and good health are of the utmost
importance to you, and that new coal fired power plants are not acceptable.
The Alliance joins fifteen other
grassroots organizations in what is developing into a powerful statewide
coalition forming to promote participation in the Sunday Boycott, including
Appalachian Coalition for Just and Sustainable Communities, Appalachian
Institute for Renewable Energy, Canary Coalition, Carolinas Clean Air
Coalition, Common Cause NC, Mom's Against Mercury, Mountain Voices Alliance,
NC Interfaith Power & Light (a program of the NC Council of Churches), NC
Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (NCWARN), Nuclear Information
and Resource Service, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Rainforest
Action Network, Social Action
Network of the Asheville Unitarian Church, Southern Energy Network,
and Wenoca Sierra.
Duke Energy relentlessly moved forward
with its plans to build the Cliffside Plant as news broke this week that the
federal Environmental Protection Agency is tightening air quality standards
bringing many counties into a "non-attainment" status, including
In addition to the Sunday Boycott,
opposition to the new power plant has manifested itself in several lawsuits,
scattered protests and demonstrations and a campaign to write and call Jim
Rogers, the CEO of Duke Energy, who has claimed interest in addressing
global warming issues, but is still promoting the expansion of coal use for
generating electricity. For
information on this campaign visit http://www.ncwarn.org/
information about the Cliffside Boycott visit www.canarycoalition.org
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