Texas grid crisis exposes environmental justice rifts

While the height of Texas' blackouts left more than 4 million homes and businesses without power, some experts say low-income areas and communities of color bore the brunt of much of the crisis.
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Dominion SC plans to retire coal plants by 2030 but would mostly rely on natural gas

After a state commission told Dominion to rework a prior plan, the utility now says it can remove all its coal power from South Carolina within the decade.

Utilities say lessons from historic storm will have to wait, as scientists, politicians eye climate change

By most accounts, it's been 60 years since Oregon saw a storm that damaged the power grid to the degree ice and snow battered the Portland region this weekend.


The true cost of energy monopolies

Duke Energy’s influence in North Carolina goes well beyond the electricity bill.

Iowa capital adopts first-of-a-kind clean energy plan

Iowa's capital has adopted what is thought to be the strongest clean electricity goal of any U.S. city — to run on renewable energy around the clock by 2035.

Biden will fight climate change like no US president has before

Joe Biden is preparing to deal with climate change in a way no US president has done before—by mobilizing his entire administration to take on the challenge from every angle in a strategic, integrated way.


BlackRock’s list of climate commitments just got longer

The world's largest asset manager kicked off 2020 by laying out a list of climate pledges. Over the last year, though, critics were less than impressed with how BlackRock delivered on its rhetoric.


The invisible waste behind our laptops and smartphones

We tend to focus on household garbage as a measure of our ecological footprints. But what about the waste and pollution that is generated to make the stuff we buy?

Geothermal is the electricity combating climate change

To power a climate constrained world, solar and wind energy won't be enough. Geothermal energy is finally getting a second chance.

Biden wants the U.S. to stop contributing to climate change by 2050. Here’s what that would actually take

A new Princeton report details exactly what it would take to no longer add carbon dioxide to the air.

Minneapolis a leader on climate change, scorecard says

Minneapolis continues to rank among the top cities in the nation when it comes to setting and meeting climate change goals, according to a scorecard out last month.


CEO: Biden clean energy costs 'prohibitively high'

President-elect Joe Biden's plan for a 100% carbon-free power sector by 2035 could endanger grid reliability and carry an "extremely high" cost that makes such a time frame unlikely, the CEO of Texas-based Vistra Corp. said yesterday.

Biden's 100% clean electricity plan may hit CCS wall

President-elect Joe Biden's plan to reach carbon-free electricity in 15 years may hinge on a technology that has been deployed at few power plants and faced financing challenges. What options does Biden have to jump-start it?

City of Whitehorse corporate emissions up 40 per cent in four years due to unlikely culprit

Lower than normal snowpack has left Yukon Energy with less hydroelectricity supply for the city's rec centre, which has resorted to burning oil for power.


How Trump grid orders ran aground

In the past two years, President Trump has issued two executive orders meant to break through obstacles to developing defenses against potentially devastating attacks on the nation's electric power networks. What happened to them?
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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