U.S. Falters Again on Global Climate Leadership Despite Small Steps at Home

Last month at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York, President Obama acknowledged America’s responsibility to act on climate change. On the eve of the U.N. Summit, hundreds of thousands of people marched on the streets of New York’s financial district and called for aggressive action from the private sector to curb global carbon emissions, which increased by [...]

Ala. PSC’s Twinkle “Queen of Coal” Cavanaugh intentionally misleads public on television interview

There is a famous saying by the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.” This morning, Twinkle Cavanaugh, chair of the Alabama Public Service Commission, yet again displayed her blatant disregard for facts, and for Alabamian citizens, in a TV appearance on MyFox Alabama (WBRC-TV [...]

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 [...]

EPA Announces New Limits on Carbon Pollution that Will Protect Health and Tackle Climate Change

This blog was written by Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington DC and was originally published on June 2 via NRDC’s blog Switchboard.  The Obama Administration announced a major breakthrough today that will safeguard our health and protect future generations from unchecked climate change. For the first time, the United States will [...]

Obama Admin Ignores Public Input, Advances Atlantic Drilling

Late last week, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), under the Department of Interior, released a document that continues the march toward offshore drilling along our coasts. The document is the final draft of the programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) on proposed oil and gas exploration activities in the mid- and south Atlantic (from [...]

Plant Washington’s bumpy road just got bumpier

In yet another indication that the proposed coal-fired Plant Washington is not viable, developer Dean Alford told plant supporters at a meeting on September 16 that he is asking Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) for an extension of the plant’s construction deadline. More importantly, he told WMAZ TV news that a revised federal greenhouse gas [...]

The Crazy True Story Of How A Handful Of Climate Advocates Painted A Red Town Green

This post, by Zack Beauchamp, originally appeared on Think Progress’ Climate Progress blog here on July 31, 2013. Knoxville, Tennessee. (Credit: Flickr user Alex Banakas) You might be surprised that the same town that Jeff Foxworthy calls home is a green haven. I’m not talking about the famous comedian. I’m referring to a man who, [...]

Gina McCarthy Confirmed as EPA Administrator, Finally.

Today, after a lengthy and needlessly political delay, the United States Senate finally confirmed the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The Senate confirmed McCarthy by a vote of 59 to 40.  In past blogs, SACE has tracked the extremely bumpy path McCarthy had to navigate from nominee to Administrator. [...]

Georgians await ruling on clean energy in Georgia Power long-range plan

Will Georgia get more solar? Will unnecessary dirty coal plants get shut down? Will Georgians get more help saving energy and lowering our bills? These questions and more are on the line as the state’s elected 5-member Public Service Commission considers Georgia Power Company’s long-range plan, known as the Integrated Resource Plan or IRP (learn [...]

GOP Tactics Delay Confirmation of EPA Administrator

UPDATE:  On Thursday, May 15, the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee voted along party lines to approve Gina McCarthy’s nomination (every Republican, including all four Republican Senators from the Southeast opposed McCarthy’s nomination).  Up next, McCarthy’s nomination will go before the full Senate for a vote.  McCarthy will likely face a tough vote in the Senate. [...]