Honoring Black History Month and the Path Towards Energy Justice: Dr. Yolanda Whyte fights for children

When it comes to keeping kids safe and healthy, SACE member Dr. Yolanda Whyte knows that it takes more than a visit to the pediatrician. She is devoted to raising the alarm about the source of many health problems, especially for children of color and those who live in low-income areas: environmental toxics in our air and water. She graciously agreed to be interviewed for SACE’s Black History Month series.

Honoring Black History Month and the Path Towards Energy Justice: Coal Ash Testimony at US Commission on Civil Rights

On Feb 5 I had the honor to accompany local and national advocates to Washington, DC for a briefing of the US Commission on Civil Rights regarding the environmental justice impacts of toxic coal ash. Together, we delivered an unequivocal message to the Commission: Communities are suffering from this byproduct of burning coal for electricity, and EPA’s rules leave a lot to be desired to protect them. In 2016, the Commission is reviewing civil rights implications of EPA’s policies and will provide a report to Congress and the President by September 30. EPA recently released two new rules related to coal ash, so the Commission held this day-long briefing to hear from several panels of impacted people, experts, and industry representatives about environmental justice and coal ash.

Don’t care about climate? 3 reasons to shut down this Georgia coal plant anyway

Between the climate talks about to start in Paris and the EPA hearing on aspects of the Clean Power Plan in Atlanta this week, there’s been a lot of talk about climate and carbon. But whether you think limiting carbon emissions is important or not, there are plenty of other reasons to phase out Georgia [...]

Statement: Coal ash ponds threatening Chattahoochee River near Metro Atlanta

On September 9, 2015, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and our allies attended a public hearing to urge GA’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to protect the Chattahoochee River from toxic coal ash pollution at Plant McDonough, a Georgia Power facility in the suburban Atlanta area. Help us urge EPD to require excavation and removal [...]

#Katrina10: Climate Change and a Renewed Call for Justice

At the Climate Justice Convergence at Dillard University on the occasion of 10 years passing since Hurricane Katrina, a who’s who of environmental justice “marathoners” addressed a new generation of environmental justice leaders. This powerful event was part of the #GulfSouthRising commemorative events I was fortunate to attend. In a compelling presentation, Dr. Robert Bullard, [...]

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: A Positive Step Towards Energy Equity

With President Obama’s announcement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), supporters of Georgia’s low-income communities stand together under the banner of the Just Energy Circle (JEC) in applauding and supporting the regulations. JEC members are eager to work with state leaders to ensure Georgia’s implementation plan equitably balances the social, environmental and [...]

PSC’s ‘Misplaced Priorities’ Lead to Higher Utility Bills for Alabamians

This guest post by Dr. Stacie Propst, executive director of GASP, was originally published on GASP’s website on May 28, 2015. A report titled “What Public Service? How the Alabama Public Service Commission’s misplaced priorities put utility profits over people” was released last week by Greater Birmingham Ministries. GASP has been seeking transparency at the [...]

3 Ways to clean up the Asheville coal retirement

SACE staffers Toni Nelson and John D. Wilson contributed to this blog post. It’s always good news for public health when a utility announces a coal-fired power plant retirement, as Duke Energy did for its Asheville plant last week on May 19. Unfortunately, Duke did not fully heed the demands of local activists – including the [...]

Tampa businesswoman drives solar manufacturing biz

This blog is sixth in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida. Click here for other posts.  Colleen Clark has a lot in common with the hurricane-resistant solar panel racks her company produces. Determined, tough, and creative, she powered her own way into Florida’s solar industry back when it was mostly guys [...]

Personal Reflection: Selma Anniversary a Call to Link Climate Justice and Civil Rights

As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the events in Selma, AL leading up to Bloody Sunday on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, I’ve been thinking more than usual about the connection between the Civil Rights movement and the movement to address climate change. As Adrianna Quintero explains in the Huffington Post: “Whether we acknowledge [...]