Archive for July, 2017

"Cancer Alley." Many cases of cancer have occurred in communities on both sides of the river, though the Louisiana Tumor Registry claims the numbers are not higher than the national average (Photo: Julie Dermansky).
Environmental Justice

The Louisiana Environmental Apocalypse Road Trip

NEW ORLEANS, LA — “If you’re visiting New Orleans and want to see something truly amazing, take your beer or daiquiri to-go and walk a few blocks past the Superdome—you’ll find a school being constructed on an old waste dump. ‘All the toxins from the landfill are still there,’ says […]

China is crushing the U.S. in renewable energy
Coal / Energy

China is crushing the U.S. in renewable energy

China may be the planet’s biggest polluter but it’s also powering ahead of other countries on renewable energy HONG KONG — “As the Trump administration yanks the U.S. out of the Paris climate change agreement, claiming it will hurt the American economy, Beijing is investing hundreds of billions of dollars […]

Wind turbines have become increasingly efficient, as longer wind blades have been developed. photo: Christian Charisius/Reuters
Climate Change / Energy

US will meet Paris accord commitments even if Donald Trump withdraws, says report

Renewable energy will be the cheapest form of power in almost every country by 2020, analysts claim LONDON, ENGLAND — “The plummeting cost of renewable energy means even if Donald Trump pulls the US out of the Paris climate change accord, America will still meet its commitments in the agreement, a new report has […]

Large solar farms proposed in three Ohio counties
Renewable Energy

Large solar farms proposed in three Ohio counties

COLUMBUS — “A couple of large wind farms have cropped up in Ohio over the past couple of years, but the state still hasn’t seen a big development with solar power. That could change very soon with not one but three big solar farms in the works. The three plans, […]

Letter: Taxpayers shouldn’t prop up FirstEnergy
FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Letter: Taxpayers shouldn’t prop up FirstEnergy

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s legislators just shot down a measure that would have increased electricity rates so utility giants could bolster their finances and credit ratings. The state’s regulators should do the same. FirstEnergy and other utilities in recent years have made numerous bad business decisions, particularly their investments in old […]

Huntley Alliance members Rebecca Newberry (top left), Richard Lipsitz (top right), Peter Stuhlmiller (bottom left), Diana Strablow (bottom right)   photo: Elizabeth McGowan
Coal / Energy

A working-class Buffalo suburb retired a coal plant the right way

TONAWANDA, NY — “In just five years, between 2008 and 2012, Huntley’s pre-tax earnings tumbled by $113 million as it operated far below capacity, translating into a combined revenue hit of at least $6.2 million to the town, county, and local school district. That precipitous decline came when state education […]

President Trump signed an executive order in February requiring federal agencies to form deregulation teams, many of which are now staffed by political appointees with potential conflicts. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times
Right-to-Know

Trump has secretive teams to roll back regulations, led by hires with deep Industry ties

WASHINGTON, DC — “President Trump entered office pledging to cut red tape, and within weeks, he ordered his administration to assemble teams to aggressively scale back government regulations. But the effort — a signature theme in Trump’s populist campaign for the White House — is being conducted in large part […]

"Gavel," a sculpture by Andrew F. Scott, outside the Supreme Court of Ohio (Credit: Sam Howzit / Creative Commons).
Duke Energy

Ohio decision could put more ratepayers on the hook for old cleanup costs

COLUMBUS — “Critics say an Ohio court decision last week underscores the urgency of a pending bill to address unfairness under current law, while opening the door to more efforts by utilities to shift the economic burdens for past pollution to today’s customers. Under the Supreme Court of Ohio’s June […]

High water of the Ohio River approaches Smale Riverfront Park.(Photo: The Enquirer/Patrick Reddy)
Right-to-Know

UC study: Chemical found in Tristate residents likely due to industrial discharge

CINCINNATI — — Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati Enquirer link to full story

Study: Any air pollution may hasten death
Clean Power Plan

Study: Any air pollution may hasten death

Analysis found no sign of ‘safe’ ozone, particulate levels BALTIMORE, MD — “At a time when the Trump administration is moving to delay and dismantle air quality regulations, a new study suggests that air pollution continues to cut Americans’ lives short, even at levels well below the legal limits set […]