Duke Energy shareholders meeting occurs amid protests

Protesters greeted shareholders at Duke Energy & Pollution's headquarters in Charlotte.

A loud crowd of people protesting Duke Energy’s activities packed the sidewalk outside its corporate headquarters in uptown Charlotte Thursday morning as people arrived for the company’s shareholder meeting.

Protesters carried signs and pulled “crime scene” tape along the sidewalk. They chanted and banged drums. One woman dressed up like they Statue of Liberty.

Much of the ire of the crowd was focused on Duke’s response to a Feb. 2 coal ash spill in the Dan River.

Guvnor McCoalash was there in spirit:

Gov. Pat McCrory was the focus of some of the signs, including one with his picture that read “For Sale —Sold.” Another one had McCrory and several other state officials’ names under pictures of four of the Three Stooges.

[aside: OK, we know think we know what they mean by "four of the Three Stooges" -- remember Shemp -- but it's still not a phrase worthy of an award-winning newspaper]

The suits apparently took it in stride:

A Duke spokesman, Tom Williams, was walking near the protesters. “This is a passionate crowd. They’re always passionate,” he said. “They care deeply about the environment and so do we.”

The article doesn't report it, but we have to assume that at that very moment, Mr. Williams's pants caught fire.

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Extraordinary event

From the same article:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers kept watch over the peaceful demonstration. City officials declared the shareholders meeting an Extraordinary Event, which gives police additional powers to regulate items that people can bring with them into the area near the Duke headquarters.

We're guessing that was more effective than regulating what things energy companies can put into rivers.

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