The irony of this story is impressive. Occupy Durham protesters who demand free electricity for their own protest needs are protesting over the rising cost of electricity. Read on.
Duke Energy has proposed a 17% residential rate hike and Occupy Durham libs are not impressed. The rate increase will generate funds to be used in part to comply with government regulations and pollution control measures.
During his campaign, Mr. Obama very clearly stated that under his Cap and Trade plan, energy costs would “necessarily skyrocket.” Granted, Cap and Trade did not pass, but still these people were supporting Obama as he pushed for its passage.
We can assume that most of these protesters, including the Raging Trannies, voted for Hope and Change, yet I do not recall a peep of protest from them back in 2008 when Obama promised them higher energy prices. So why are rising energy costs a problem for them now?
From the Charlotte Observer
DURHAM Hours before the 7 p.m. hearing, a crowd gathered more than a block away to protest Duke Energy’s proposed rate hike for customers before the N.C. Utilities Commission.
About 25 Occupy Durham supporters held a mini-rally at the city’s CCB Plaza to criticize Duke Energy, corporate greed and the political climate that has allowed businesses to raise fees and increase profits. The crowd swelled to more than 60 and spilled out of the already full City Council chambers by the time the hearing began.
Duke’s request includes a 17 percent hike for all residential customer classes. The largest group of those customers, however, would actually pay close to 20 percent more. Typical bills would rise about $18 a month beginning in February.
The N.C. Utilities Commission’s Public Staff, which represents consumers, has recommended an increase of only 4.8 percent.
If the utility’s request is approved by the commission, it would be Duke’s biggest rate increase in at least 20 years. Three-fourths of the increase would help pay for $4.8 billion in Duke construction since 2009, new power plants and pollution-control equipment.
Wednesday’s hearing was the last of a series of public hearings held throughout Duke’s territory. Crowds of people have protested at each.
Duke District Manager Millie Chalk defended the rate hike at the beginning of the hearing, saying the money is needed to pay for investments made to modernize the system and comply with regulations. Those improvements include underground cables and equipment to boost reliability in downtown Durham.
Read more at the Charlotte Observer