The North Carolina Beyond Coal Campaign, a consortium of members of the Western North Carolina Alliance and the Sierra Club, has been called into question for claiming eighty Western North Carolina companies were calling for Duke Power to shut down its Lake Julian plant. The local daily reported representatives from three of nineteen businesses it contacted claimed they did not authorize the use of their companies’ names on a letter sent to Duke demanding its shutdown. The episode has caused the campaign to run afoul of the good graces of nonprofit watchdogs.

If some among the eighty indeed backpedaled, it could be because their windmills were not keeping up with the recent freezy, freezy temperatures.