Categories & Tags: Energy and Environment

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...

 

Coal ash polluting NC river was once Appalachian mountaintops   |   March 11, 2014
It's likely that some of the coal ash polluting North Carolina's Dan River following last month's spill from a waste pit at Duke Energy's power plant near Eden, N....

 

Election 2014: Does climate change stand a chance against the oil boom?   |   March 10, 2014
By Greg Harman, The Daily Climate SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Work boots towered above Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott as he moved down rows of shelving at Justin Boots'...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Why coal ash is an environmental justice issue   |   March 7, 2014
Number of Americans who live within three miles of a coal-fired power plant, which typically stores toxic coal ash waste in unlined pits that aren't currently subject to...

 

North Carolina citizens demand action on coal ash   |   March 6, 2014
Most North Carolina voters know about Duke Energy's spill of toxic coal ash into the Dan River -- and they want state lawmakers to take swift action to force the utility giant...

 

The growing fight against oil and gas exploration off the NC coast   |   March 4, 2014
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) recently took time away from dealing with a water contamination disaster caused by dirty coal power to make the case for opening his state up...

 

While Duke Energy dodges taxes, its pollution costs the public dearly   |   February 28, 2014
At the same time Duke Energy is facing scrutiny for a coal ash spill from one of its North Carolina power plants that's polluted the Dan River and Kerr Lake, the company is...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Is a nuclear disaster unfolding in Florida?   |   February 26, 2014
Number of tubes that help cool a nuclear reactor at Florida Power & Light's St. Lucie plant near Fort Pierce, Fla. that show signs of significant wear: more than 3,700...

 

Fossil fuel co. CEO: Fracking now, fracking tomorrow...   |   February 25, 2014
By Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams Despite reports of a "shale bubble" as well as climate, public health and water consumption concerns associated with fracking, Ryan...