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The Secret Network of Fossil Fuel and Utility Backed Groups Working to Stop Clean Energy

Gabe Elsner | Posted 07.28.2015 | Green
Gabe Elsner

While some fossil fuel companies claim they support renewable energy, actions behind the scenes tell a different story. Many are backing front groups to create barriers for the deployment of renewables. These front groups serve as a critical component, adding a supposed "independent" voice to state energy policy debates.

Kentucky Coal Country's Clean Tech Makeover

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 07.23.2015 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Most of the chatter about this coal state is that it's recalcitrant when it comes to acting on climate change. And while some of that skepticism is certainly valid, there's lots happening in Bluegrass Country when it comes to green energy.

Risk/Reward: Investing in Women Pays Dividends

Elisa Gaudet | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Elisa Gaudet

We often hear "You have to be willing to take risks" in business, sports and life. Risk / Reward is the ratio used by many investors to compare the ex...

'Green News Report' - April 23, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: After years of denial, Oklahoma finally admits fracking causes earthqua...

Charles Koch's Cut-and-Paste Attack on Clean Energy in North Carolina

Connor Gibson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Connor Gibson

Almost every player has ties back to Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch, and despite previous failures, the formula is exactly the same.

California's Drought is Only the Beginning

Mattias Wallander | Posted 06.13.2015 | Green
Mattias Wallander

The methods in which we sustain our water are critical to human survival. California's water crisis may only be a drop in the bucket, compared to what can be in America's future, if things don't change.

ALEC Climate Change Denial: Attacks on Climate Regulations and Clean Energy Solutions

Gabe Elsner | Posted 06.07.2015 | Green
Gabe Elsner

These pro-clean energy policies translate into direct market competition for ALEC's corporate membership in the fossil fuel, coal, and utility industries.

Solyndra's Fall was Great for Solar, Just Ask Henry Ford

Brad Mattson | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Brad Mattson

Why is there so much investment and M&A activity in an industry plagued by bankruptcy? The answer is that solar energy is now on a growth path that will make it the energy story of the 21st century. How could bankruptcy lead to such fantastic growth? I say it all started with Solyndra.

'Green News Report' -- February 24, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.26.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: VETOED: Obama nixes Keystone XL pipeline bill; EXPOSED: prominent clim...

Feds File Criminal Charges Against Nation's Largest Electricity Company

AP | By MICHAEL BIESECKER and MITCH WEISS | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed multiple criminal charges against Duke Energy on Friday over years of illegal pollution leaking from ...

Duke Energy Close To Settling With Government Over Spill

Reuters | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green

(Corrects to remove extraneous word "has" in second paragraph) * Says could reach settlement in "next several days" * Re...

Regulators Work To Assess Coal Ash Spill Fines, One Year Later

AP | MICHAEL BIESECKER and MITCH WEISS | Posted 04.04.2015 | Green

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A year after the sudden collapse of an old drainage pipe triggered the third largest coal ash spill in U.S. history, regulators...

Flood Tide for the Climate Movement

Carl Pope | Posted 03.11.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

But when the tide comes, Shakespeare is right - you must seize it. This is time for boldness, a time for vision, and a time above all to concentrate our strength and effort where we can move big ideas and game changing projects. Slow and steady won't win this race.

ALEC Sharpens Attack on Environmental Safeguards

Elliott Negin | Posted 02.21.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

At the group's most recent conference, held earlier this month in Washington, D.C., more than 400 predominantly Republican state lawmakers and industry reps formulated sample legislation that will serve as templates for statehouses across the country.

The True Cost of Turning on the Lights

J Henry Fair | Posted 12.15.2014 | Green
J Henry Fair

Coal ash is toxic as a bad marriage, but here's the irony: there are almost no regulations on its disposal, so power plants, which are generally on rivers, largely dump it in a series of giant pits, in incomprehensible quantities, where the rain leaches the toxics down into the groundwater.

More Lies From ALEC About Climate Change

Elliott Negin | Posted 01.13.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

If ALEC were an honest broker, it would recommend market-based solutions, like the Republican-inspired, acid rain cap-and-trade program championed by President George H.W. Bush. But that's not likely going to happen, because doing so would alienate its fossil fuel industry and trade association members.

Google Quits ALEC, But Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell Stay Put

Elliott Negin | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

When Eric Schmidt recently called out ALEC for "literally lying" about climate change and his company announced it would not renew its ALEC membership, it was just one of the conservative business lobby group's latest -- and loudest -- setbacks.

'Green News Report' - August 26, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.26.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Napa earthquake is a warning for CA's nuclear plants; Another coal plan...

Overseeing Koch Profits: The Roots of David Vitter's Green Billionaires Club Report

Steve Horn | Posted 10.24.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

A DeSmogBlog investigation reveals that Kristina Moore, the Senate staffer listed as the author of U.S. Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) "green billionaire's club" report published by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) on July 30, has career roots tracing back to the Koch Brothers' right-wing machine.

Group To Sue Major Energy Provider For Polluting North Carolina's Rivers

AP | By MITCH WEISS | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An environmental group says it's planning to use the federal Clean Water Act to sue Duke Energy over coal ash pollution at th...

Duke: Moving Coal Ash Would Cost Up To $10 Billion

AP | MICHAEL BIESECKER | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy told North Carolina lawmakers Tuesday that removing all of the company's coal ash away from the state's rivers and ...

Duke Energy, Greg Lindquist and Mary Mattingly

Julie Chae | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Julie Chae

Swirling vortexes of coal ash and river water on the Dan River after the Feb. 2, 2014 spill, on Feb 3, 2014. Photo courtesy of Brian Williams, Dan ...

North Carolina Regulators Side With Duke Energy

AP | By MICHAEL BIESECKER | Posted 06.08.2014 | Green

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leech...

After Series Of Coal Ash Spills, Illinois To Take Protective Measures

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 06.04.2014 | Green

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that it will increase inspections of coal-ash ponds in the wake ...

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Duke Energy Goes After Solar in South Carolina

Anne Smart | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Anne Smart

Remember your childhood fables? A wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf. These monopoly utilities disguising themselves as solar advocates are still just monopolies looking out for their bottom lines.