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NC town called 'ground zero' in offshore drilling fight shows political cost of backing Big Oil over local jobs   |   January 21, 2016
Two years ago this month, more than 300 residents of Kure Beach, North Carolina (pop. 2,000), packed town hall to voice their anger with then-Mayor Dean Lambeth's decision to...

 

Economic downsides of Atlantic oil and gas drilling detailed in new report   |   December 15, 2015
Proponents of oil and gas drilling along the Atlantic Coast often point to the economic claims in a 2013 report prepared by Quest Offshore Resources, a Texas-based firm whose...

 

As immigrants mark frustrating year for Obama's executive action, cities and states can take lead   |   December 8, 2015
By Shena Elrington, Common Dreams As debate over the immigration of Syrian refugees to the United States intensifies, immigrants already living in the United States quietly...

 

NC, VA governors press feds to move on Atlantic oil and gas exploration permits   |   November 10, 2015
The governors of North Carolina and Virginia want federal regulators to hurry up and approve seismic testing for oil and gas reserves along the Atlantic Coast — even though...

 

Big Coal's war on its workers   |   September 1, 2015
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Fossil-fuel apologists have accused the Obama administration of waging a war on coal in its effort to cut power plant greenhouse gas emissions...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Southern politicians fight EPA carbon limits as states burn   |   August 21, 2015
Date on which the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the final version of its Clean Power Plan requiring states to cut climate-warming carbon emissions from power plants: 8/...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Atlantic drilling push meets opposition in coastal communities   |   August 14, 2015
Date of the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout off the Louisiana coast, which killed 11 men, injured 17 others, released at least 160 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of...

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: The growing resistance to Atlantic oil and gas drilling   |   August 14, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The third in a three-part series. To read the first, "Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic drilling," click here. To read the...

 

As black churches burn, federal officials seek to calm worried congregations   |   July 3, 2015
Since an avowed white supremacist massacred nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina during Bible study two weeks ago, fires...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: New overtime rule a boon for Southern workers   |   July 3, 2015
Under a proposed rule released this week by the Department of Labor, number of Americans who would be newly eligible for overtime pay of  time-and-a-half when they work over...

 

High stakes for the South in Obamacare subsidy case   |   June 10, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule by the end of this month in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the legality of health insurance subsidies for low- and middle-income...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Relief for undocumented immigrants delayed again   |   May 29, 2015
Date on which the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans denied the Obama administration's request to lift an injunction blocking the president's executive action...

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: Gov. McCrory goes to bat for Big Energy   |   May 28, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The second in a three-part series. To read the first, "Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic drilling," click here.) When Pat...

 

Texas company behind California oil spill a repeat offender   |   May 22, 2015
California declared a state of emergency this week following Tuesday's spill from an onshore pipeline into the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County. Responding to reports of...

 

Pressure mounts to shut down immigrant family detention centers   |   May 22, 2015
In recent weeks immigrant rights advocates have increased pressure on the Obama administration to end its punitive policy of holding in prison-like conditions mothers and children...

 

Our futures are intertwined   |   May 21, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

Higher ed lobby quietly joins for-profit schools to roll back tighter rules   |   May 13, 2015
By Alec MacGillis, ProPublica The Obama administration is set to achieve one of its top domestic policy goals after years of wrangling. For-profit colleges, which absorb tens of...

 

Sustainability and hope   |   May 12, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic oil   |   April 30, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The first in a three-part series.) When the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in flames off the Louisiana coast five years ago this month, the disaster killed...

 

Louisiana tribe renews fight for federal recognition in the face of sinking lands, environmental disasters   |   April 23, 2015
On the fifth anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the United Houma Nation (UHN) of southern Louisiana is taking yet another stand in its 30-year campaign to win...

 

Atlantic drilling opponents speak out in record numbers   |   March 18, 2015
When the Obama administration released the initial schedule of public meetings to take comments on the proposal to open an area of the Atlantic from Virginia to Georgia to...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: From immigrant deportation relief to enforcement crackdown   |   March 13, 2015
Months that Congressional Republicans tried to repeal President Obama's executive action to provide deportation relief to millions of unauthorized immigrants by tying the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: High stakes for Southerners in Obamacare subsidy challenge   |   March 4, 2015
Number of Americans who could lose their health insurance if the Supreme Court rules against the Obama administration in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the legality of...

 

Koch Industries tops list of water polluters spending big on politics   |   March 2, 2015
With corporate interests mobilizing to kill the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to restore Clean Water Act safeguards to thousands of waterways across the nation, an...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The growing oil train threat   |   February 27, 2015
Train carloads of oil and ethanol expected to be hauled by rail in the U.S. this year: nearly 900,000 Since 2008, percent increase in train carloads of oil being hauled in the U....