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Big Carbon vs. the future at EPA Clean Power Plan hearings   |   July 31, 2014
This week the Environmental Protection Agency held a series of public hearings in Atlanta and three other cities on its proposed rule to cut emissions of carbon and other...

 

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...

 

Obama takes on climate science deniers in State of the Union   |   January 29, 2014
President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night was a mixed bag for environmental advocates. Energy and climate got significant attention from the president. He...

 

WV water contamination exposes chemical hazards of coal power   |   January 13, 2014
Most Americans are aware of the pollution hazards associated with the mining and burning of coal. The water contamination disaster that began unfolding last week in West Virginia...

 

Duke Energy coal ash poisoning NC lake, study finds   |   December 3, 2013
Pollution from coal ash waste pits at a Duke Energy power plant is killing over 900,000 fish and deforming thousands more each year in an eastern North Carolina lake popular for...

 

House of labor needs repairs, not just new roommates   |   September 17, 2013
By Steve Early, Labor Notes As AFL-CIO leaders packed up to leave their Los Angeles convention last Wednesday, they basked in the glow of favorable media coverage. Cribbing from...

 

McCutcheon Supreme Court case could give money more say in politics   |   September 12, 2013
Why are social justice organizations up in arms about an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case involving political contribution limits? It might have something to do with America's...

 

Five reasons for optimism on the Voting Rights Act's 48th anniversary   |   August 6, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines Today marks the 48th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, after months of civil rights...

 

Why is the White House aiding and abetting lawbreaking by coal plants?   |   July 25, 2013
A new report documents widespread lawbreaking among the nation's coal-power utilities that endangers public health  -- and it reveals an effort by the White House to let...

 

Watchdog slams Duke Energy's 'sweetheart deal' for NC coal ash contamination   |   July 17, 2013
The proposed settlement announced this week between Duke Energy and North Carolina environmental regulators over the utility giant's ongoing contamination of drinking water...

 

Clean water advocates criticize limited EPA hearing on coal plant water pollution   |   July 9, 2013
Coal-fired power plants are a major source of water pollution, contributing over half of all toxic pollutants including cancer-causing arsenic, lead and mercury that's...

 

Environmental groups spur NC legal action against Duke Energy coal ash pollution   |   May 23, 2013
Under legal pressure from environmental advocates, North Carolina regulators are seeking court orders to force Duke Energy to clean up groundwater contamination from unlined coal...

 

The BP spin doctor is in   |   May 8, 2013
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf The last few weeks in the media world have been particularly damaging to BP. Despite their best efforts to muffle the continuing effects of the...

 

A turning point on mountaintop removal?   |   April 24, 2013
There were two important developments this week on mountaintop removal mining that represent setbacks to the Appalachian coal industry and a boost to groups fighting the...

 

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...

 

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....

 

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...

 

Complaint seeks cleanup of coal ash groundwater contamination across North Carolina   |   October 11, 2012
Conservation groups have filed a complaint asking the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (EMC) to require cleanup of groundwater contamination seeping from unlined...

 

Lawsuit seeks better regulation of oil spill dispersants   |   August 8, 2012
A coalition of fishing, conservation, wildlife and public health groups based in the Gulf Coast and Alaska has filed a citizen lawsuit under the federal Clean Water Act to force...

 

Pro-fracking NC lawmakers cozied up with scandal-plagued gas company   |   July 5, 2012
Before voting to allow fracking in North Carolina, state lawmakers took two fact-finding trips to Pennsylvania -- and a gas company that's now facing multiple federal and...

 

Climate-science deniers join forces against NC renewable-energy program   |   December 9, 2011
Climate-science deniers with ties to the fossil-fuel industry have joined forces in an assault on North Carolina's renewable energy program and particularly wind power, which...

 

The hazards of using toxic coal ash for land development   |   April 12, 2010
Following the disastrous spill of a billion gallons of coal ash waste from the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston plant in December 2008, poorly regulated coal ash...

 

Secret coal ash ponds spark legal action   |   December 4, 2009
The public does not have access to information about more than 70 coal ash waste storage sites because the Environmental Protection Agency is withholding at the request of the...

 

Toward a medically defensible energy policy   |   November 23, 2009
Pollution from coal is not only unhealthy for the environment -- it also hurts the human body and contributes to four of the five leading causes of death in the U.S.: heart...

 

To honor Mother's Day, Sierra Club takes on coal plants' mercury pollution   |   May 8, 2008
The Sierra Club announced this week that it's sending formal notices of intent to sue to about 30 new coal plants across the country in an effort to force them to better...