Things that go Bump in the Bight

When President Obama announced Dec. 1, 2010 a revised Outer-Continental Shelf (OCS) plan for drilling offshore in parts of the Atlantic, Florida and Alaska, many people no doubt took this as a major victory for ocean protection. However, a troubling part of the plan exists toward the very bottom of the Department of the Interior’s press [...]

The Real Cost of Coal? $523,303,948,403 and counting

If you live in the Southeast you, as an individual, probably consume around 6,300 kilo-watt hours (kWh) of electricity each year*. The national average cost of residential electricity is 11.51 cents per kWh. This means that you are paying approximately $725 each year for your electricity, which mostly comes from coal. Your annual bill would [...]

Onshore Oil Infrastructure Could Change our Coasts Forever

It is hard to believe that it’s been just 10 months since the Deepwater Horizon disaster spewed an estimated 205 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Yet the mantra of “Drill Here, Drill Now” can still be heard echoing throughout the halls of Congress. Negligence and lack of oversight by Transocean, BP [...]

Congress is penny wise but pound foolish to slash funding for Clean Air Act and public health protections

With pledges to ‘reign in federal spending,’ the House of Representatives passed a spending bill (H.R.1) last week to continue funding the government through the 2011 fiscal year. This spending bill, which passed largely along party lines, was chock full of amendments to block funding for key environmental safeguards such as clean air, clean water, [...]

Energy efficiency shining in the Southeast

The  long darkness is over! OK, that’s a bit melodramatic but … after many years of very little access to energy efficiency programs, Southeastern households and businesses are finding that their utilities may be offering attractive and comprehensive energy efficiency programs. As recently as 2008, significant energy efficiency programs in the Southeast were limited to [...]

When you stop wasting energy

Well, you stop wasting energy! Five months ago, a new tactic in the fight to keep wasting electricity emerged. Simply deny that saving energy saves energy. It completely boggles my mind that anyone would think that the way to build support for clean, cheap energy resource innovation is to insist first that it is a [...]

EPA Takes Input on New Climate Pollution Safeguards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing to issue New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for safeguarding our climate from greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution emitted from major sources such as coal plants and refineries. When it comes to climate change, we are all stakeholders, caring about clean air, healthy communities and our environment. Recognizing this, EPA [...]

Two 1-megawatt solar projects are largest yet in TVA region

1 MW solar farm in Georgia installed by ESA Renewables Renewable energy continues its expansion in the Southeast with the recent unveiling of two 1-megawatt solar farms in Tennessee and Georgia. Each is the largest solar energy project in the history of its state, but more importantly, these facilities continue the recent trend of economic [...]

Attacks on the EPA endanger public health and our economy

The basis for this post was an oped I authored, which ran today – Tuesday, February 15, 2011 – in the Tennessean.  The original is published here alongside US Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s oped advocating undermining EPA authority to enforce the Clean Air Act. As parents and grandparents, there are many things we worry about for [...]

1Sky Climate Activists Gather for a Swanky South Beach Pollution Party

This past weekend, over 60 climate activists arrived in costume to the 1Sky Swanky South Beach Pollution Party at the Carlton Hotel to show support for a national climate policy and a clean energy economy. In keeping with the party theme, many guests came in costumes representing their least favorite form of pollution – from [...]