When ‘Big Dick Energy’ is called a ‘scam’
CNN is reporting that energy firm Duke Energy is calling itself a “scam,” according to a document sent to CNN.
The letter, dated February 9, 2016, says that Duke Energy “has a well-established history of unethical business practices” and that “dealing with Duke Energy has been an uphill battle for many years.”
It says that a company called “Duke Energy, Inc.” has been in business for more than 80 years, that it has “a well-known reputation for aggressive pricing and aggressive behavior.”
It adds that it “has been aggressively pursuing a variety of lawsuits against the Company and its directors, officers, employees and suppliers.”
The letter goes on to say that Duke is a “major provider of energy to the United States” and its business is “determined to protect the interests of its customers.”
The company’s website says it “provides energy to nearly 50,000 residential customers nationwide and over 50,400 commercial customers” in the U.S. The company has “proven record of delivering and meeting customer needs, including in areas such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, conservation and energy efficiency.”
It was founded in 1896 by an oilman and a coal miner, Charles Duke.
Duke Energy was acquired by ExxonMobil in 1997.
The Duke Energy letter goes onto say that the company “has continued to strive to improve and enhance the energy supply chain for decades” and is now “the leader in renewable energy and the first large U.K. energy company to establish a global distribution network.”
It claims that “DirecTV, one of the world’s leading Internet TV and video providers” has partnered with Duke.
It says the company has recently added “all of the channels of its global network” to its portfolio, and says it is “exploring the opportunity to expand its distribution network to include other TV and online services.”
A spokesman for Duke Energy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Duke and ExxonMobil have been embroiled in several lawsuits, including a lawsuit filed in 2017 that alleges the company engaged in “gross fraud” by charging $1 billion in bogus commissions to TV distributors and $600 million to energy companies, and a $1.7 billion lawsuit filed by former employees alleging that ExxonMobil engaged in fraudulent marketing practices, among other things.
The U.N. human rights office, the U (United Nations) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and Detentions (UNWGAD), also filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice, accusing Duke Energy of “disproportionately” detaining people based on ethnicity and religion, while ExxonMobil has “investigated hundreds of human rights complaints and settlements in this area.”
CNN has reached out to Duke for comment and will update this story if we receive a response.