Voices From Across the Region: Tell EPA to Limit Mercury Pollution

Atlanta was the perfect location for May 26th’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public hearing to discuss a proposed new rule to limit mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from power plants. Within 75 miles of Atlanta there are seven coal plants with 27 coal-burning “boilers.” Some of these boilers were built over 60 years ago [...]

House cuts vital rural energy programs, their fate lies in the Senate

Contributors: Sam Gomberg, John Bonitz, Anne Blair Disappointing news came out of the House of Representatives’ Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday concerning energy programs for America’s rural businesses and farms. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) were eliminated from the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill. REAP is [...]

With Clean Air and Justice for All

This Thursday, May 26th, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public hearing in Atlanta, Georgia to solicit comments on the proposed and long-awaited rule to set national standards for mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants. Mercury is a potent toxin and exposure can cause a variety of health problems from learning disorders to [...]

Electric cars: coming soon(er) to a driveway near you?

The blogpost is co-authored by John Bonitz and Anne Gilliam Blair. Transportation choices made a century ago continue to impact our energy security, economic security and our environmental and public health every day. Our infatuation with gasoline-powered motorcars invented by Karl Friedrich Benz and mass produced by Henry T. Ford made the United States a [...]

Alarming Estimates of Forest Loss Linked to Bioenergy Projections

Tuesday’s release of the draft Southern Forest Futures Project (SFFP) report raised an alarm that the South could lose as much as 23 million acres of forest over the next four decades. From the press release: According to the report, urbanization, bioenergy use, weather patterns, land ownership changes and invasive species will significantly alter the [...]

May 19: Japan Nuclear Disaster Update

  Nearly two and a half months after the earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan, the ongoing nuclear disaster in that country is slowly disappearing from the media. Meanwhile, Tokyo Power and Electric Company (Tepco) is calling in all favors to help pay for this disaster, including tapping the government, private banks and shareholders. The [...]

Billions in profits, billions in subsidies: Big Oil has their cake and eats it too

Earlier this year in the State of the Union, President Obama implored Congress to “eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies,” noting that “they’re doing just fine on their own.” Congress has now made two half-hearted attempts to end these taxpayer-funded subsidies to large oil companies. Last night, United States [...]

NC Offshore Wind Is No Flight of Fancy

“First in Flight.” North Carolina will forever be branded by this motto because of that fortuitous flight in 1901 when the Wright Brothers made history and tamed the skies. The coastal winds that lifted the Kitty Hawk Flyer off the ground and launched the aviation revolution at the start of the 20th century are the same [...]

South Florida Says No to New Nukes, Yes to Solar!

On April 30, SACE joined Citizens Allied for Safe Energy, the Tropical Audubon Society, South Florida Clean Energy Coalition, Save it Now Glades!, Greenpeace, and others in south Florida for a clean energy rally in Biscayne Bay National Park. The timing of the rally was significant in that it was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary date of [...]

SACE 2010 Carbon Footprint Results

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy recently underwent a short stint of navel gazing by calculating its annual carbon footprint for the second time, and we took appropriate action to attain carbon neutral certification for 2010. While SACE can still make many improvements, we have taken steps to more accurately measure our carbon footprint than in [...]