Faith Communities Must Take a Stand for a Livable Climate

In the US, many of the leading Protestant denominations have made official declarations on climate change, including the United Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church USA, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the United Church of Christ, and the Southern Baptist Convention, which is the largest denomination in our state by far and the country’s second-largest denomination after the Catholic Church. A broad consensus has finally emerged among faith leaders, but simply acknowledging climate change is not enough. It’s time for us to hold our local faith communities accountable for taking bold action to prevent the worst potential impacts of climate change. We need persistent activists who can reach these communities in a way that can inspire political transformation. This work can be taxing, but within our faith traditions, we can also find messages of hope and the spiritual tools for self-care we need to stay effective as activists. Meditation, prayer, intentional gratitude and healthy living can help us to stay resilient and motivated. It’s also crucial that we lead by example by reducing our own carbon footprints, while mindfully avoiding the spiritual poisons of consumerism, vitriol and cynicism.

The Electric Car that Climbed Mt. Washington

To celebrate National Drive Electric week, September 8 – 16, 2018, I decided to experiment with driving my electric vehicle (EV) from Marshall, NC to Mt Washington, NH.  Although a veteran to long distance trips in a conventional gas-mobile, I was a little daunted about taking my new 2018 Chevy Bolt.  But I love visiting the country by car so I had to get into my EV saddle sooner or later, no better time to begin than during a nationally recognized week.  Locally I was consistently getting greater than 250 miles estimated driving range on a full battery charge, but a 1,200 mile trip would necessitate careful planning to maximize my time efficiency, minimize my cost and not stretch my wits too thin.

EarthShare NC Makes Workplace Giving Easy

SACE is proud to be part of EarthShare North Carolina, a coalition of conservation nonprofits working to preserve and enhance the natural environment.  The conservation nonprofits that make up EarthShare NC are working every day to protect the health of our air, land, water and wildlife – for the betterment of our health, economy, and quality of life.

Trump Administration’s “Affordable Clean Energy” Rule Is Anything But

If there’s one thing you need to know about the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, the Trump Administration’s new proposal for limiting carbon emissions from power plants, it’s this: ACE was not designed to reduce emissions; ACE was designed to boost generation from coal plants.

This is how Chattanoogans gave TVA their own “Run Around”

On August 22nd I joined concerned Tennesseans in Knoxville at the TVA board meeting to voice our concerns. Customers are tired of TVA’s lack of innovation, transparency, affordability and we need answers.

What is causing Florida’s algae crisis? 5 questions answered

This is a guest post by Dr. Karl Havens, professor at the University of Florida’s IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation, and the director of the Florida Sea Grant. This post was originally published on The Conversation here on August 10, 2018. We are publishing this piece to help explain the connections between climate change and the current algae crisis plaguing Florida. 

Guest Blog: The King of EVs

This is a guest post written by Rudy Beharrysingh, the president of the Blue Ridge EV Club. To read the original post, click here.   I always wondered why Telsa owners never seemed too worried about range.  Previously, I had an intellectual appreciation for Tesla cars, but never owned one myself.   That changed after driving a P85 […]

Guest Blog: A Cry for a Life Preserver

This is a guest post written by Frank Tursi, a retired journalist and current mayor pro tem for the coastal town of Swansboro, NC. The original post can be found here.   The numbers aren’t pretty. They paint a bleak picture of a drowning people. In less than 12 years, 6,500 houses along the N.C. […]

Energy independence

This blog post, by CHRISTIAN ROSELUND, editor of PV Magazine, was written on Wednesday, July 4 and originally published on the PV Magazine website here.  This July 4, it is more important – and possible – than ever to gain our independence from the conventional power industry, and to a degree, the utilities. For many of […]

South Carolina PSC votes to temporarily roll back SCEG rates by 15%. Utility whines about extreme political pressure.

Today the SC Public Service Commission unanimously and without debate voted to comply with the directive of the SC Legislature. The PSC approved a 15% electric rate decrease for SCE&G customers retroactive to April 1st of this year. Before you get too excited, this past Friday SCE&G filed suit in a federal District Court to block the rate rollback saying that the legislation passed is unconstitutional. In court is exactly where we expected to be all along and why I’ve been advocating that we could and should have gotten to this point sooner.