Burying the evidence and our heads: North Carolina deletes climate docs

I don’t know about you, but I’ve really found the breaking news on climate change assaulting and terrifying lately. Headlines like “Climate Change: ‘Abrupt,’ Unpredictable,’ ‘Irreversible’ and ‘Highly Damaging‘” have frequented my news feed illustrating how catastrophic the effects of climate change will be and actually already are. Just last week I saw the first [...]

New Study: Energy Choices Today Affect Water Availability Tomorrow

Today, the Energy and Water in a Warming World initiative (EW3), a collaborative effort between the Union of Concerned Scientists and a team of independent experts, released their second major report, Water-Smart Power: Strengthening the U.S. Electricity System in a Warming World. This study examined various pathways by which the power industry could choose to generate electricity [...]

New Website Launched SoutheastCoalAsh.org

SACE staff member Joan Walker contributed to this post. Today Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, in partnership with Appalachian Voices, Southern Environmental Law Center, and North Carolina Conservation Network, are launching the first-ever comprehensive online tool that allows citizens to find specific information about coal ash impoundments near them. The site, www.SoutheastCoalAsh.org, features an interactive map [...]

Asheville Dirty Coal Draws Greenpeace Ire

Early this morning Greenpeace activists scaled the 400-foot smokestack at Progress Energy’s Asheville coal-fired power plant to call attention to the toxic and dangerous practice of burning coal for power. The 400MW facility is poised above heavily trafficked Interstate 26 and the French Broad River, and near South Asheville communities. In 2009 EPA classified the [...]

New EPA GHG Tool and Top 11 Coal Plant Polluters

Last week EPA released a very comprehensive tool by which any member of the public can now easily see just how much global warming pollution their neighborhood coal plant is emitting. Many of the largest GHG emitters are not surprisingly right here in the Southeast. Below is a reposted blog from National Wildlife Federation’s Kendall [...]

Week in review on water and energy in NC

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of working in Charlotte, NC with Dr. Peter Frumhoff, Director of Science and Policy with the Union of Concerned Scientists, to release the new Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative (EW3) report, Freshwater Use by U.S. Power Plants. Peter is one of the key advisers to the [...]

Global Warming Fact Sheets NOW in Spanish

VEA NUESTROS BLOG EN ESPANOL Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is now releasing Spanish versions of our newly created, state specific, global warming fact sheets.  Through these translated materials, SACE is continuing its effort to educate the Latino community on the current and future impacts of global warming in the Southeast and the United States [...]

Plant Washington Air Permit REJECTED by Georgia Court

In welcome and exciting news, the Georgia state court Judge, Ronit Walker, ruled Thursday that the proposed coal-fired Plant Washington air permits are inadequate to protect public health and the environment.  According to the ruling, the permit for the proposed 850-MW facility violated Clean Air Act safeguards to limit harmful and toxic air pollution.  GreenLaw [...]

Breaking News: KY Smith Coal Plant Cancelled by Coop!

This blog is a repost from KFTC.  Congratulations to all the hard-working activists in KY who made this happen! Smith Plant Cancelled!  Clean energy collaboration planned. by Sara Pennington We have some great news to announce: The coal-burning power plant proposed by the East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) has been cancelled by the utility. “When [...]

Cousteau Short Film Highlights Kingston Coal Ash Spill

The Cousteau family, ardent advocates for ocean health and preservation, have extended their reach to fresh water – and lucky for us, to the grave issue of coal ash waste.  Alexandra Cousteau, the granddaughter of famous French ocean explorer, Jacques Cousteau, just released a short film about the fall-out of the Kingston coal ash disaster [...]