Energy and Environment

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...

 

How ALEC helped Duke Energy block stricter coal ash rules   |   February 20, 2014
Duke Energy is not only the nation's largest electric utility but one of its political powerhouses. Besides the millions of dollars the North Carolina-based company spends on...

 

Green Army gathers in Louisiana, worries oil and gas industry   |   February 19, 2014
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf The recently established Green Army has been raising a lot of eyebrows (and anxiety) in the ranks of the oil and gas industry. "We are...

 

Duke Energy's inside connections to the McCrory administration   |   February 18, 2014
Following Duke Energy's massive coal ash spill into the Dan River, North Carolina state officials have come under scrutiny for their actions leading up to the disaster. Last...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Just how cozy are Gov. McCrory and Duke Energy?   |   February 13, 2014
Date on which news broke that the U.S. Justice Department launched a criminal investigation into the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)...

 

Enviros offer $5K reward for info on NC coal ash spill leading to charges   |   February 11, 2014
Blasting state regulators for their mishandling of Duke Energy's massive coal ash spill into the Dan River, two environmental advocacy groups are offering up to $5,000 to...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Duke Energy coal ash spill latest in ongoing regulatory disaster   |   February 4, 2014
Date on which a break in a stormwater pipe beneath a coal ash disposal pit at a shuttered Duke Energy power plant near Eden, N.C. contaminated the Dan River with toxic coal ash: 2...