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This is not what you call an ideal corporate PR juxtaposition. The Page One headline screams, “Damage from Dan River spill still unfolding.” From a Duke Energy power plant. On the business page, the headline says: “Duke Energy earnings up for 2013.”
In true corporate PR fashion, Duke’s CEO announces the profits. An underling is dispatched to handle the pollution questions.
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# dap916
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 1:17 PM
This mess has now gotten major news network attention. It really is a disaster. Anyone with even half a brain knows this is going leave a lasting mark on the McCrory administrations legacy. No, I'm not saying this was McCrory's fault or the fault of anyone in his administration. But, because of the way it is being dealt with and with the massive press coverage both inside and outside North Carolina, it's going to leave a mark.

The federal investigation now ongoing (that is PURE POLITICS, let's be clear on that) is going to find some kind of wrongdoing and some kind of lack of response by the McCrory administration and may even file some criminal charges. Wouldn't it have been wonderful if we'd have had an investigation like that into Benghazi? But, alas, that was PURE POLITICS as well. This is going to go slowly...creeping into the 2014 election time zone. Anyone think it's not? C'mon. The dems that are reading this here hope to hell it will and the repubs that are reading this KNOW it will. "Never let a crisis go to waste". I think we know this crisis is going to be worked for all its worth.

In any case, I live in Rockingham County and am on the Dan River Water System. So, hopefully my water is from upstream and hopefully anyone down stream isn't affected by this or by the latest revelation about the arsenic they've found now in the water.
# Choo
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2:06 PM
Would the PR been better if Duke Energy lost money last quarter. Not sure what earning money has to do with a spill. The spill needs to be cleaned up and any damages repaired or compensated. I am sure those who hold Duke Energy stock or their retirement plans hold Duke energy stock had rather the earnings be up than down. We could punish Duke energy to the point that it's decades before they ever again earn a profit, that will help all those hoping to retire one day and have enough money to live on. It seems to be a Democrat rally cry down with profits. Profit is evil. There should be no profits and only let the government provide.

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