Despite whatever they might say, the signatory "Community Groups" deliberately chose to have you, your neighbors, the poor, the elderly, people living check to check, etc. pay for the additional coal-ash cleanup, not Duke.
Did you know there are also magic words that can make your power bill go up? They were just used in the coal-ash cleanup settlement agreement between the Cooper administration, environmental groups, Duke Energy, and not ratepayers.
People are rightly horrified by this news out of Virginia that a doctor performed hysterectomies on women without their consent. But last century, forced involuntary sterilization was official state policy in Virginia, North Carolina, and other states.
The money sections like to print helpful articles on helping people stretch their scarce dollars and warning against the pain of higher prices on necessities. The editorial sections favor policies that confiscate those dollars and create that pain.
A recent National Bureau of Economic Research working paper shows that higher heating bills costs lives. Keeping energy prices low is doubly important because energy is a basic human need, and as such, anything that raises its costs unnecessarily has a much bigger impact on poor families than on others.