In like a Lion, out like a Lamb?

The age-old phrase ‘in like a lion, out like a lamb‘ has often been used to describe March’s weather – it starts with bold winds and typically ends with gentle rains.  That phrase also leaped to mind as I listened to President Obama’s energy speech from Georgetown University yesterday. When I compared highlights from his [...]

Japan Nuclear Disaster Update March 31

As we approach three weeks since the earthquake and tsunami, reports continue to indicate worsening conditions at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors in Japan. Highly radioactive contaminants have been found in large amounts in pools of water in and around reactors Units 1-4. High radiation levels continue to be found in seawater, and plutonium [...]

New Rule Suggests EPA Is Caving Under Pressure (and so are the fish)

In the face of pressure from Congress and industry, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just proposed a new rule that fails to adequately safeguard the aquatic ecosystems, fish and water they are charged with protecting. The new cooling water intake structure (CWIS) rule is required by the Clean Water Act to manage the amount [...]

EPA Proposes New Mercury Rule

On March 16th, 2011 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a long-awaited rule to set national emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollution (HAPs) from coal-fired power plants. This rule is 20 years in the making and is a welcome step toward a cleaner energy future. The new rule proposed by EPA will [...]

Japan Nuclear Disaster Update March 25

Two weeks have now passed since the fateful earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. More than 10,000 people have died and another 17,500 are still missing and hundreds of thousands are without shelter and adequate care. Compounding the crisis is the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi site, which continues to be plagued by significant setbacks. [...]

Join us at the Powershift 2011 conference in DC!

This post was authored by Dan Cannon, Florida Organizer for the Southern Energy Network, a program of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. On April 15th – 18th, I will be surrounded by over 10,000 young climate activists in Washington D.C.  Power Shift 2011 is going down, and, just like the two previous Power Shift [...]

Fighting Coal in the South: Early Victory Sets the Stage

The following is an adaptation of a story about SACE’s early work. The original story appeared in a publication released by the Energy Foundation: Our battles require consistent and focused pressure here in the conservative Southeast, a region that is slow to embrace progressive energy policies. Energy Foundation support starting 17 years ago has enabled [...]

Japan Nuclear Disaster Update March 22

As the death toll and list of missing from the earthquake and tsunami increases to nearly 22,000 people, Japanese emergency workers continued their struggle to bring the multi-faceted nuclear crises at the Fukushima Daiichi complex under control over the weekend and into this week. Tracking the situation continues to be very difficult. While it appears [...]

IPL Educates Faithful on Connection Between Food and Climate Change

This guest post was written by Andrée Duggan of Interfaith Power & Light. A new program, Cool Harvest, run by Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) hopes to build on successful faith & food programs to address climate change. Working in 38 states with around 10,000 congregations, IPL is attempting to rally the nation’s faithful to [...]

Florida lawmaker warns North Carolina against controversial power plant financing plan

This blog was originally posted by the Institute for Southern Studies in their online publication: Facing South and was written by Sue Sturgis. New article on this topic from the Raleigh News and Observer dated March 23, 2011. A Florida lawmaker recently wrote the governor of North Carolina warning her state against adopting a financing [...]