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Carol Polsgrove, author of Divided Minds: Intellectuals and the Civil Rights Movement, has written on environmental and energy issues for national magazines and is a member of the Sierra Club and other environmental organizations. Professor emerita at the Indiana University School of Journalism, she explores the varied lives of writers on her website,

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Why Monarch Butterflies Need Endangered Species Act Protection

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 5:50 PM

As monarch butterflies make their long journey from the U.S. to Mexico this fall, let's pause to consider the 90 percent drop in their numbers over the past twenty years. So steep has been their decline that a petition has been filed with the U.S. Fish...

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University of Michigan's Dubious Deal With Dow Chemical

(7) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 5:38 PM

The terms of Dow Chemical's $10 million gift to the University of Michigan ought to raise eyebrows in universities across the country.

Under the gift agreement made public by the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Dow Chemical would have its own paid representative on the committee that chooses...

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Meet Mitch Daniels, Big Spender

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 8:29 AM

The idea that possible presidential candidate Mitch Daniels represents fiscal restraint sounds like hogwash to opponents of three pricey projects moving forward on his watch as governor of Indiana.

At Edwardsport, Ind., construction cost overruns have skyrocketed at a Duke Energy plant that would convert coal into synthetic gas to...

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While Communities Fight Biomass Plants, Congress Pays to Build Them

(17) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 11:03 AM

To communities opposing biomass power plants across the country, one part of the tax cut package approved by Congress is not good news: the extension of tax grants that will pay up to 30 percent of the cost of developing biomass plants. Biomass project proposals have sprouted like mushrooms in...

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Indiana and Duke Energy Officials Bantered While Ratepayers Picked Up the Tab

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 10:33 AM

Drawing on hundreds of emails, the Indianapolis Star is providing Indiana with the most unsavory political drama it has seen for a while: the romance between Duke Energy officials and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

While the IURC has been nailing electric ratepayers for spiraling construction cost overruns at...

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Mitch Daniels's Presidential Prospects Could Be Dimmed by Power Plant Scandal

(14) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 5:10 PM


Under construction: Duke Energy's Edwardsport plant. Photo by author.

Anyone who thinks Indiana's Republican Governor Mitch Daniels should run for president hasn't paid much attention to the dark cloud hanging over Duke Energy's new coal gasification plant -- a massive industrial complex...

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Bloomington Bulldozer: Indiana DOT Shoves I-69 Down College Town's Throat

(11) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 2:36 PM


Hauling freight, Bloomington style. Photo by author.

Two visions of the future collided on the doorstep of my Indiana town, Bloomington, this past week. Imagine one as a bicycle rider on a rails-to-trails bikeway, the other a semi-trailer truck hurtling down an...

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Indiana Farmers Fear a Cost-Cutting Plan to Carry I-69 Across a Floodplain on a Causeway

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 4:03 PM

Pressed for funds to cover the cost of building the controversial Interstate 69 extension through southern Indiana, the Indiana Department of Transportation wants to cut corners by running a causeway across the floodplain of the East Fork of the White River. That would essentially dam the wide floodplain and increase...

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A Big Road Through a Little Refuge: I-69 Threatens Endangered Species

(4) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 2:40 PM

Of all the obstacles that ought to stop construction of Interstate 69 through southern Indiana, one of the most impressive is the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Wildlife Management Area.

A sliver of nature on a north-south flyway for migrating birds, the 16-year-old refuge has become...

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