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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Latino Groups Expose Duke Energy as Polluter Devastating Their Communities

New Television Ad Satirizes Duke Energy’s Record of Pollution, Opposition to Clean Energy Competition

April 9, 2014

Tampa Bay, Florida - Today Presente.org, the largest online Latino organizing group in the nation, launched www.DirtyDuke.org, an online hub aimed at confronting Duke Energy with the consequences of suppressing clean energy expansion. Coming on the heels of Duke Energy’s devastating coal ash spill in North Carolina, the site is part of a new multi-media, multi-state campaign pressuring Duke Energy to cut pollution and cease opposition to clean energy solutions like rooftop solar. Less than 0.1% of Duke’s energy is solar-- instead they have chosen dirty fossil fuel options that are polluting local communities.

Groups supporting the campaign include Presente.org, The Other 98%, 350.org, League of Conservation Voters, Sachamama, and more. For a full list see www.DirtyDuke.org

See the new TV ad which will air on stations in Tampa and Orlando in the coming weeks: http://youtu.be/x0lNJEQRA2Y

“Duke Energy is sickening Latino communities with pollution while fighting tooth and nail to stop clean energy solutions like rooftop solar,” said Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org. “Latinos are now on the front lines in the fight to clean up our communities and stop climate change. We live in the areas of the country worst affected by the changing climate, and also in the neighborhoods most sickened by dirty coal plants and refineries owned by companies like Duke-- causing sky high asthma and cancer rates. We demand Duke stop polluting our communities and expand their investments in clean energy now.”

"In Florida, coal power plants spew pollutants and carcinogens into the air and have been a big concern to families," said Carlos Zegarra, Program Director at Florida-based nonprofit group Sachamama. "As long as we continue to use fossil fuels, we will continue to damage our climate and limit the opportunities for a state like Florida to improve its economy with clean renewable energy. We need to do more to increase the use of solar power in the state of Florida and beyond - not do the opposite."

Presente.org and other Latino groups worry that Duke’s efforts to reverse laws and regulations that encourage the growth of clean energy are being forced on states without any considering of the negative effects on our communities-- in terms of jobs, health, and a safe environment.

Presente.org recently polled their more than 300,000 members across the country and found that environmental justice and climate change issues were second only to immigration in importance to their members. Formal polls of the Latino community across the country also reflect a strong level of support for a preference of clean energy alternatives over fossil fuel as a strategy to address climate disruption pollution.