Newspapers are filled with stories of opposition to Duke Energy’s Western Carolinas Modernization Project. An exception occurred in Tryon, where, rather than signing a petition to reject power transmission from South Carolina to Asheville, commissioners decided to invite a speaker from Duke to better inform any decision. Please remember, Duke says the line is needed because Asheville was so green, it NIMBY’d down a former attempt to build a power plant closer to the high demand.

“I’d rather see an ugly pole than be in the dark,” said [Commissioner George] Baker.