Explanatory notes: 1. 11,000 of the world’s scientists have declared climate change to be a global emergency, warning of “untold suffering” if urgent action is not taken. 2. Our state has experienced three major hurricanes and other extreme flooding events since 2016, and many communities are embroiled in a constant state of recovery and rebuilding. Climate disasters disproportionately affect communities of color and low wealth communities that are least responsible. To amplify the injustice, many of these communities are also targeted by Duke Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a compressor station, a huge gas storage facility and new gas-burning power plants – the very projects that would keep fueling the climate emergency. 3. Climate Emergency Declarations, https://www.cedamia.org/global/ 4. Duke University climatologist Drew Shindell explained in his October 2019 letter calling for Gov. Cooper to lead a national moratorium on new natural gas projects that building fossil fuel power plants and pipelines sharply clashes with global agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. https://www.ncwarn.org/wp-content/upl... 5. In January, climatologist James Hansen’s team reported that “The rate of global warming has accelerated in the past decade … Global warming is linked to increasing long-lived atmospheric greenhouse gases, especially CO2 and CH4 [methane, or “natural” gas], and in turn these are linked to a substantial degree with fossil fuel use.” [emphasis added] https://mailchi.mp/caa/global-tempera... 6. As prominent climatologist Drew Shindell told Gov. Cooper in the October letter, which was also signed by 27 former EPA officials. See also NC WARN’s 2017 Clean Path 2025 strategy. https://www.ncwarn.org/wp-content/upl... 7. See more details in NC WARN’s January 29, 2020 letter to Gov. Cooper. https://www.ncwarn.org/wp-content/upl... 8. The legal case is detailed in the March 13, 2020 letter to Governor Cooper signed by 70 organizations so far. https://www.ncwarn.org/stopdukeenergy/ 9. We appreciate that Gov. Cooper has pledged to uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement by establishing goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning the state to a clean energy economy. However, all those efforts, if implemented, would be outweighed by Duke Energy’s huge expansion of fracked gas.