Categories & Tags: Energy and Environment

The nationwide war on state renewable energy standards comes to North Carolina   |   April 2, 2013
A bill to repeal North Carolina's groundbreaking renewable energy law is scheduled to get a hearing on Wednesday, April 3 at 11 a.m. before the state House Commerce and Job...

 

Exxon Mobil hit with $1.7M pipeline safety fine days before Arkansas oil spill   |   April 1, 2013
Last Friday afternoon, residents of the central Arkansas community of Mayflower looked on in horror as thousands of barrels of crude oil bubbled up in their yards and poured down...

 

Climate science denier found behind controversial bill to muzzle NC agency representing utility customers   |   March 29, 2013
A North Carolina lawmaker recently introduced a bill that that would have restricted the work of the Public Staff, an independent state agency that represents consumers before the...

 

South's rivers and streams in poor condition, EPA finds   |   March 27, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the results of its first comprehensive look at the health of rivers and streams nationwide, and it finds that the South's...

 

Drilling deeper: The wealth of business connections for Obama's energy pick   |   March 25, 2013
By Justin Elliott, ProPublica When President Obama nominated Ernest Moniz to be energy secretary earlier this month, he hailed the nuclear physicist as a "brilliant...

 

Obama energy pick led fracking study marred by conflicts of interest   |   March 20, 2013
A watchdog group with a history of digging up conflicts of interest in fracking studies has found previously undisclosed conflicts in research led by President Obama's nominee...

 

Meet the ALEC-connected lawmakers behind bill to kill NC renewable energy law   |   March 14, 2013
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a controversial and powerful group that brings together state legislators and corporate representatives to promote conservative...

 

After a powerful lobbyist intervenes, EPA reverses stance on polluting Texas county's water   |   March 14, 2013
By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica When Uranium Energy Corp. sought permission to launch a large-scale mining project in Goliad County, Texas, it seemed as if the Environmental...

 

Southeast leads in creating clean-energy manufacturing jobs, but will politicians kill the momentum?   |   March 12, 2013
Clean energy and clean transportation projects are helping drive the U.S. economic recovery, and green business is particularly booming in the Southeast. But will politicians...

 

Lawsuit seeks withheld information about leaking Gulf oil wells   |   March 7, 2013
Clean water advocates have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Coast Guard over its refusal to answer public records requests about an oil spill in...

 

Life after coal: Does Wales point the way?   |   March 5, 2013
By Tom Hansell and Patricia Beaver, The Daily Yonder "Communities always change, industries come and go. It was foolish of us to think at the end of the 1985 miners strike...

 

Energy watchdog pressures NC governor over conflict of interest   |   March 4, 2013
With North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) refusing to respond to a request to disclose the exact amount of Duke Energy stock he holds, a watchdog group is running a full-page ad in...

 

NC environmentalists look to state House to slow rush to fracking   |   March 1, 2013
A proposal to speed up North Carolina's timetable for the controversial gas drilling practice known as fracking passed the Republican-controlled state Senate this week and now...

 

New type of small nuclear reactors planned for Tenn., S.C. slammed for wasting taxpayer money   |   February 28, 2013
A new type of nuclear reactor the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) plans to build at one of its sites in Tennessee has just won a tongue-in-cheek award for wasting taxpayer money...

 

VOICES: As BP trial begins, Gulf businesses and communities call for ecosystem restoration and economic opportunity   |   February 26, 2013
By Jeffrey Buchanan, Oxfam America This week marks the beginning of arguably the biggest trial of this young century, as the U.S. Department of Justice goes to court with global...

 

Gov. McCrory's disconnect on beaches and offshore drilling   |   February 20, 2013
In his first State of the State address this week, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory called for moving forward with oil and gas exploration off the state's coast, reporting that...

 

Study details economic benefits of North Carolina's threatened clean energy program   |   February 19, 2013
Some conservative lawmakers in North Carolina want to kill the state's clean energy program, but a study released this week suggests they would be delivering a blow to a still...

 

Climate change is drowning out 'jobs vs. environment' debate   |   February 15, 2013
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes The old argument that unions must choose between jobs and the environment is losing its grip, as climate change becomes more evident and more urgent....

 

Watchdog asks Gov. McCrory to disclose value of Duke Energy stock holdings   |   February 14, 2013
Following a Facing South report that found North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) holds significant amounts of Duke Energy stock, a watchdog group sent him a letter asking him to...

 

Moving forward on climate this Sunday   |   February 13, 2013
By Chris Carnevale, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy This Sunday, February 17, will see the largest climate rally in history.  More than 20,000 participants are expected to...

 

Will Gov. McCrory help his friend Duke Energy capture the N.C. Utility Commission?   |   February 13, 2013
This is a critical moment for North Carolina's energy future, as a packed public hearing held in Raleigh this week showed -- and there are growing concerns that the politician...

 

Climate conspiracy theorist returns to NC legislature, warns of threat from science 'elite'   |   February 7, 2013
It was a busy week in the North Carolina legislature, with the new Republican super-majority hard at work slashing unemployment benefits, blocking poor people's access to...

 

Art Pope still funding climate disinformation   |   February 6, 2013
As North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's budget director, Art Pope will help make important fiscal decisions for a state facing serious threats due to climate disruption, from...

 

Watchdogs dig up troubling questions about federal loan guarantees for Southern Co. nuclear reactors   |   January 31, 2013
Three years ago, the Obama administration offered the biggest federal loan guarantee deal it's promised to date for an energy project, committing over $8.3 billion in taxpayer...

 

VOICES: The injustice of BP's criminal plea deal   |   January 29, 2013
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf (In New Orleans today, a federal judge approved a deal allowing BP to plead guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges related to the...