Categories & Tags: Energy and Environment

'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...

 

Study details link between race, air pollution exposure   |   April 17, 2014
That the color of your skin can be an important factor in determining the quality of the environment where you live is not exactly breaking news, but a new study offers eye-...

 

Meet the NC officials who promoted a far-right conspiracy theory to discredit environmental sustainability   |   April 16, 2014
The state of North Carolina has no shortage of serious environmental problems to worry about, from coal ash contaminating rivers, to massive sewage spills, to rising seas caused...

 

The likely targets of a climate boycott   |   April 11, 2014
Writing in The Guardian this week about the urgency of stopping climate change, retired Anglican bishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu of South Africa called for a...

 

The South's endangered rivers   |   April 9, 2014
A river conservation group this week released its annual list of the 10 most endangered U.S. rivers. Three of them are in the South and are imperiled by pollution, excessive...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Big Oil aims to kill Louisiana coastal damage lawsuit   |   April 8, 2014
Number of oil and gas companies being sued by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East in a bid to make them pay billions of dollars to repair the damage they'...

 

NC lawmaker overseeing legislative response to Duke Energy coal ash problems downplays toxic thallium pollution   |   April 3, 2014
Last week the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced that tests of surface water samples collected near coal ash waste pits at two Duke Energy...

 

Are environmentalists pushing a risky alternative for coal ash disposal?   |   March 26, 2014
The recent failure of a pipe under a coal ash impoundment at a Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina sent millions of gallons of pollution into the Dan River and sparked...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Reckoning time for lawbreaking utilities on coal ash?   |   March 21, 2014
Date on which the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources cited Duke Energy for violating the terms of a wastewater discharge permit for coal ash impoundments at its...

 

Unions rail against Obama proposal to privatize New Deal success story   |   March 12, 2014
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams Tucked away in President Obama's 2014 budget proposal released early last week, say union critics, is a renewed proposal by the administration to...