Southeast Summer Coal Ash Roundup

Since the Dan River disaster hit almost 6 months ago, North Carolina has been front and center in coal ash news. So much so that it might seem that NC is the only Southeastern state with coal ash troubles. Unfortunately, North Carolina’s dangerous coal ash sites are not unique in the region, which is home [...]

Coal Ash and Summer Fun Just Don’t Mix

If you’re anything like me, this is the time of year when you’re gearing up to get out on your favorite waterway for some summer fun. Whether you’re tubing, paddling, fishing, swimming or just taking in the scenery; our region’s rivers, lakes and streams are the perfect place to cool off and enjoy the great [...]

President Obama Takes On the Anti-Science Crowd

I had the great pleasure of joining our Board President, John Noel, and his wife, Melinda Welton, at his table at the League of Conservation Voters’ Annual Capitol Dinner on Wednesday, June 25th in Washington, D.C.  The keynote speaker was President Obama, appropriate since this was the one-year anniversary of his major climate speech at [...]

South Florida Leading the Way: Broward County, FL, Supports EPA’s Carbon Limits

The Board of County Commissioners of Broward County, Florida voted today to pass a resolution voicing support for the newly-proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Also known as the Clean Power Plan, the proposed limits are particularly critical for South Florida, where flooding from sea level rise and intense storms are causing problems [...]

Coal Ash Legal Fight Moves to Florida

With all the news following the Dan River coal ash disaster this February, it may seem that North Carolina is the only Southeastern state with coal ash woes. Unfortunately, there are plenty of problems to go around with at least 450 ash dumpsites scattered across our region. Many of these are aging, unlined, wet storage [...]

EPA proposed regulations suggest states capture up 6 times more efficiency in the Southeast

On June 2, the EPA released its proposed rules on existing coal fired power plants. In our press release, we discussed that the proposed standards call for reductions in carbon emissions from the power sector by 30 percent nationwide below 2005 levels by the year 2030. In the proposed rule, the best system of emissions [...]

Time for Rick Scott to take climate change seriously

This blog is a guest post written by Kristin Jacobs and Cindy Lerner and was originally published in Florida’s Sun Sentinel on May 23, 2014 and can be viewed here if you have a subscription to the paper. Earlier this month, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released the 2014 National Climate Assessment, an important report [...]

FPL a Leader on Solar Energy?

In a recent blog post, I questioned FPL’s leadership on solar power and the scale and design of a recently announced voluntary “community-based” solar program. In a response letter, the Company took offense to the blog – calling it misleading. Let’s take a closer look at some of the Company’s responses to the blog and come [...]

Dirty energy takes toll on public health

This post was originally printed in the Orlando Sentinel on May 16 and can be viewed here. Last week, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released the congressionally-mandated National Climate Assessment. The report, a three-year effort by over 300 experts, came to a stark conclusion — climate change “is already affecting the American people in [...]

Governor Scott, What’s Your Plan?

There has been a lot of attention paid to climate change impacts to Florida in the past month, including the record rain storms that resulted in the declaration of a state of emergency in dozens of panhandle counties, Senator Bill Nelson’s special climate hearing in Miami, and of course the just-released National Climate Assessment, which [...]