In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, coastal advocates and businesses are wasting no time in their quest for a permanent ban on offshore drilling along the Eastern Seaboard.
Across the Southeast yesterday, voters approved ballot measures to expand and improve bus service, build light rail and commuter rail, and invest in bus rapid transit in growing metro areas, rejecting only two of ten proposed tax increases and bonds for public transit investments.
Acknowledging that a new fossil-fuel powered plant may have little environmental upside, Duke University officials say they are not committed to the $55 million project they announced in May, even if state regulators give it the green light.
A ballot proposal in Wake County, which includes the state capital of Raleigh, would impose a half-cent sales tax to fund a 10-year transit expansion in the largely car-dependent area.
The McCrory administration’s proposal to allow increased water pollution from two Duke Energy coal ash dumps was met with indignation at a public hearing here last week – with nearly all of the more than twenty speakers voicing objection.
A portion of North Carolina with some of the state’s best potential for wind energy is also in the PJM Interconnection, making it easier to connect the projects to companies committed to clean energy.
A public meeting hosted by the Obama administration this week at Jennette’s Pier showed most coastal residents ready for the state’s potential to be tapped – at least as long as the wind turbines remain beyond the horizon.
Race car driver Leilani Münter may be North Carolina’s highest profile champion for electric vehicles, but a week of events showcasing plug-in cars and their owners across the state show she’s far from alone.
While the utility industry is undergoing considerable upheaval, critics say you’d never know it by looking at Duke Energy’s most recent long-range planning documents.
While offshore drilling is on hold off the Atlantic coast, conservationists say surveying for oil via seismic testing puts marine wildlife at risk.