Energy and Environment

INSTITUTE INDEX: Letting Duke Energy off the hook for its coal ash mess   |   July 25, 2014
Date on which Duke Energy contractors finished their cleanup of coal ash left in the Dan River by a February spill from one of the company's dumps: 7/3/2014 Estimated tons of...

 

The money behind Big Oil's win on Atlantic drilling   |   July 23, 2014
In a controversial move, the Obama administration last week gave final approval for the oil and gas industry to begin conducting seismic testing to map potential offshore reserves...

 

North Carolina public gets a chance to weigh in on proposed fracking rules   |   July 16, 2014
North Carolina environmental regulators have opened the public comment period on proposed rules for fracking, a controversial drilling technique that involves injecting water,...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The fight over solar power's future in North Carolina   |   July 11, 2014
Date on which the N.C. Utilities Commission (NCUC) held a hearing to kick off the process of setting the rate Duke Energy pays for solar power: 7/7/2014 Percent by which Duke...

 

Climate science denier group must pay damages for frivolous lawsuit against UVA, scientist   |   July 8, 2014
Virginia's highest court has ruled that the American Tradition Institute (ATI), a free-market think tank that promotes climate science denial, must pay damages to the...

 

Debunking Gov. McCrory's misleading coal ash claims   |   June 26, 2014
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) gave an interview to WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones last week in which he discussed coal ash, a topic high on the legislative agenda...

 

Southern waters imperiled by toxic pollution   |   June 23, 2014
As summer heats up, many people's thoughts turn to jumping in the closest river or stream to cool off -- but industrial pollution in the water could endanger their health....

 

VOICES: NC coal ash bill is Duke Energy's pass to pollute   |   June 20, 2014
By Monica Embrey, Greenpeace Once again, the North Carolina legislature has demonstrated its coziness with Duke Energy. A Senate Bill (SB729) introduced this week falls far short...

 

Protester handed cookies by Gov. McCrory strikes back with 'coal ash cupcakes'   |   June 9, 2014
Before last week's Moral Monday rally kicked off outside the North Carolina legislature, a group of protesters led by state NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber stopped by...

 

'Conclusive link' between fracking, aquifer contamination found in Texas   |   June 9, 2014
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams Independent scientists who have reviewed a water analysis conducted by state authorities of a Texas resident's drinking well say the chemical...

 

NC passes fracking law, seeks taxpayer subsidies for industry   |   June 6, 2014
This week North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law a bill that opens up the state to fracking for natural gas. The Energy Modernization Act will allow drilling permits...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: New power plant pollution rules won't save the planet, but they will save lives   |   June 5, 2014
Under a new rule unveiled this week by the Environmental Protection Agency, percent by which existing U.S. power plants must cut climate-disrupting carbon pollution from 2005...

 

NC Senate dials back punishment for fracking chemical disclosure to a misdemeanor   |   May 23, 2014
A bill to lift the state's fracking moratorium that's speeding through the North Carolina legislature underwent some changes before it passed the Senate this week --...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: NC still fighting the science of sea-level rise   |   May 22, 2014
Number of scientific papers that have been published this month reporting that the collapse of major Antarctic glaciers now "appears unstoppable" due to climate change:...

 

Nationwide 'epidemic' of pedestrian deaths a failure of social justice: report   |   May 21, 2014
By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams An "epidemic" of pedestrian fatalities and injuries is sweeping the United States, hitting people of color, children, and older adults the...

 

NC fracking bill orders prison time for disclosing chemicals, ignores health risks   |   May 19, 2014
North Carolina's legislature convened last week, and lawmakers introduced a bill that brings the state one step closer to allowing oil and gas drilling. One aspect of the...

 

'Energy [R]evolution': Nearly 100% renewable is doable, says report   |   May 14, 2014
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams Dramatically reduce carbon emissions and the use of fossil fuels. Create millions of new jobs in the renewable energy sector and beyond. Democratize...

 

Targeting the climate culprits   |   May 9, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest The new U.S. National Climate Assessment makes for sobering reading. In a document of more than 800 pages, it shows that climate change is not...

 

White House: Southeast 'exceptionally vulnerable' to climate change   |   May 6, 2014
The White House has released the most comprehensive scientific assessment to date of climate change and its regional impacts, and it reports that the Southeast is "...

 

Is a Duke Energy power plant making nearby residents sick?   |   May 1, 2014
This week an environmental advocacy group released a short video that raises questions about whether a Duke Energy power plant and coal ash disposal site in rural North Carolina...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Secret sweetheart deal for Georgia nuclear reactors puts taxpayers at risk   |   April 24, 2014
Amount the U.S. Department of Energy is providing in loan guarantees to Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power and partner Oglethorpe Power to build two new reactors at the...

 

Following the money behind the anti-science madness in North Carolina's US Senate race   |   April 24, 2014
Institute for Southern Studies Executive Director Chris Kromm appeared on the MSNBC news show "All in With Chris Hayes" on Wednesday to discuss what Hayes described as...

 

Family wins fracking suit in legal blow to industry   |   April 24, 2014
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams In what is being called a legal blow to the fracking industry, on Tuesday a Texas family was awarded $3 million in the first ever verdict to be...

 

New details emerge on Gov. McCrory's Duke Energy money ties   |   April 22, 2014
As the U.S. Department of Justice continues to probe the relationship between North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) administration and Duke Energy following the company's...

 

Opposition mounts to seismic testing for Atlantic oil and gas reserves   |   April 18, 2014
This Sunday, April 20 marks four years since BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster began unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and setting off an 87-day gusher that...