10 legislators have sent a letter to the NC Utilities Commission asking them to hold off on approving Duke's request to build two new coal-fired units at their Cliffside station. Sounds like they are starting to connect the dots. From the N&O:
Durham Democrat Paul Luebke, Wake County Democrat Jennifer Weiss and others said Tuesday that Duke's coal plant proposal should be put on hold while the General Assembly considers legislation that would require the state's public utilities to derive at least 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar or animal waste. Bills were recently introduced in the state House and Senate. If the state adopts such an energy policy, building a major power plant might be unnecessary, the lawmakers said.
Word around the campfire is that the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) bill has a good chance of moving through the Legislature. Meeting our energy growth by more renewable and efficient means sounds a whole heap of a lot better than building new coal plants that will emit the equivalent to 1 million cars worth of carbon dioxide each year.