President Obama talks Carbon Pollution Protections
BREAKING VIDEO: President Obama previews the first-ever carbon pollution protections from power plants while visiting kids suffering from asthma at a children's hospital:
We've known for decades that carbon wrecks our health and our climate, and power plants are one of our nation's top sources. Their pollution fuels climate disruption -- it makes wildfires burn hotter and droughts last longer. Unlimited carbon pollution means more smog, more asthma attacks, and more climate disruption. And there's literally no limit to how much carbon polluters are allowed to dump into our air. Join the 3.2 million voices that have already asked the EPA to protect our communities from carbon pollution. Take Action Now.
70 North Carolina Faith Community Leaders Address Duke Energy
"We are writing as leaders of local churches and faith communities. We feel obliged to act as faithful stewards of God’s creation. We write today because we need your leadership to achieve a sustainable future where our energy needs are met without depending on fossil fuels" ... Read the full letter.
Local Beyond Coal Campaign Featured in Showtime Documentary
Showtime's new documentary series, Years of Living Dangerously, highlights the work of the Asheville Beyond Coal coalition through the story of activist, Anna Jane Joyner, and features expert, Beyond Coal Campaign Director, Mary Anne Hitt.
Above: Photo: Mary Anne Hitt, Beyond Coal Campaign Director, and Kelly Martin, North Carolina Sierra Club Senior Campaign Representative, at the Asheville Beyond Coal Green Carpet Premiere
Below: Video: Years of Living Dangerously Green Carpet Premiere in Asheville, NC
Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill Protest
North Carolina enviornmental groups delivered nine thousand petitions to Duke Energy in Charlotte.
Clean water advocates are calling on the nation’s largest energy company to act immediately to protect North Carolina’s drinking water and take full responsibility for the costs of the Dan River coal ash spill and ongoing coal ash contamination across the state. Event speakers, representing tens of thousands of members and supporters in North Carolina, made it clear that Duke Energy shareholders, not customers, should pay to clean up the company’s additional outdated and risky coal ash storage pits across the state.
Duke Energy owns and operates 14 coal ash disposal sites in North Carolina, eight of which are rated high-hazard, meaning a breach has a high likelihood of causing death or serious injuries for people.
Coal Ash in North Carolina
TAKE ACTION! Tell the EPA it is high time for strong regulations on coal ash, not just in North Carolina, but accross the country.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Raleigh issued a grand jury subpoenas demanding records from Duke Energy and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The subpoenas seek emails, memos and reports from 2010 through the Feb. 2 spill.
The spill at a Duke Energy plant in Eden spewed enough toxic sludge into the river to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools. It was the third-largest coal ash spill in U.S. history.
Read the article here: http://www.startribune.com/business/245377311.html