There is a petition online to stop Duke Energy’s Western Carolinas Modernization project. According to Duke, the power company is going to shift to cleaner generation methods to supply growing demand. Opponents don’t want the countryside raped with towers and wires spewing negative energy. They argue there is no increase in demand, and Duke is only building out to reap a profit. (!) Some, willing to admit an increase in demand, claim it is coming from Asheville, but Ashevillians insist they are going off the grid in droves with negative carbon footprints to boot.