Florida Proposal Aims to Ban Nearshore Oil Drilling

Oil and water just don’t mix – especially in Florida. The Sunshine State has 1,200 miles of coastline that is home to pristine beaches, world-class fishing, and coastal communities that drive the state’s economy. Yet we are constantly reminded that our shores remain under threat, such as the recently proposed federal five year program for [...]

400+ SC Businesses Call on Gov. Haley to Stop Atlantic Offshore Drilling

More than 400 South Carolina businesses delivered a letter to Governor Nikki Haley on Wednesday, asking her to call for the removal of all waters off South Carolina’s coast from consideration for offshore drilling. The letter was delivered to her office in the state capitol by a handful of small business owners, and was received [...]

7 Places to Drink Green On St. Patrick’s Day

While some think that dying a river or lager is drinking green, there’s plenty of places to truly drink green in the U.S. this St Patrick’s Day or anytime on our next vacation. Here are seven examples of wind powered breweries, wineries, and distilleries.

12 Business Cases that Support Offshore Wind Energy

Offshore wind energy is a clean and inexhaustible resource that would reduce air pollution, preserve precious water resources, and reduce carbon emissions along our coasts here in the Southeast. In addition to these environmental benefits, offshore wind energy would provide a major source of economic growth.

Here are 12 business cases that support offshore wind energy in the Southeast:

Tourists Flock to Wind Turbines: 14 Examples of Ecotourism

Wind turbines across the country have become tourist attractions, just like their old windmill predecessors. Some people go out of their way to find wind farms, snap pictures and get a glimpse of homegrown American clean energy. This shouldn’t be a surprise. A new Navigant study found that ten times as many Americans have positive attitudes towards wind energy than those that have negative attitudes.

Additionally, the few American studies completed regarding wind farm tourism – including those completed by Clemson University and University of Delaware – suggest that wind farms can boost tourism and that tourists tend be supportive of wind farms near their recreation areas. Meanwhile, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that wind farms support a cottage tourism industry.

If You Build It, They Will Come: Alabama wind farm would boost tourism

This past year APEX Wind Energy worked with private property owners in Baldwin County, Alabama to propose a 40-turbine wind farm that could power up to 23,000 average homes. On August 6th the Baldwin County Commission passed two ordinances that ban large wind turbines and wind farms. One of the major concerns raised by Baldwin County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey centered around the local tourism industry.

In fact, if developed and marketed properly, the wind farm could become a thriving tourist attraction of its own.

Why We Should Not Drill Offshore the South Atlantic

Today, April 20, marks the 3rd anniversary of the tragic Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil disaster.  In spite of how apparent it seemed three years ago that offshore drilling is a bad idea whose time has gone, today we are facing the threat of even more drilling off our beautiful coasts.  As we’ve reported before, the [...]

Gov. McCrorys Disconnect on Beaches and Offshore Drilling

This is a guest post by Institute for Southern Studies Editorial Director, Sue Sturgis.  This piece was originally posted on the Institute for Southern Studies’ blog, Facing South. In his first State of the State address this week, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory called for moving forward with oil and gas exploration off the state’s [...]

Hands Across the Sand: A Tale of Two Coasts

This post was co-authored by Liz Kazal, Mississippi Campus Organizer for Southern Energy Network.  Folly Beach photos courtesy of Foxworthy Studios. On Saturday, August 4, 180 communities in 32 states and 15 countries came together to protect their local beaches from the impacts of offshore drilling and other fossil fuels.  The events were organized as [...]