As The Climate Times online newspaper publishes our premier release, I want to explain what we hope to accomplish with this newspaper and with the other major actions of our non-profit group of the same name, The Climate Times. As the title implies, we are very aware of the existential nature of the world-wide challenge that is climate change, and we are in business to stop it.
Duke Energy in North Carolina is busy green-washing its tarnished image, which is sticky and black from coal ash and the corrupting influence of money on our democracy. They recently got permission from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to build 560 MW of new natural gas plants in Asheville.
I had not realized how bad it was. This is BIG bad. British subsidies destroy both forests in the US and the global atmosphere. I do not believe there is any possibility of managing forests specifically to feed this market, even with subsidies in Britain.
This series of three posts will use the states of North Carolina, Arizona and Florida as examples of ‘regulatory capture’ – i.e. where there are close ties between the regulators and the utilities they oversee. This first post covers regulatory agencies in North Carolina and Arizona. The second and third posts will cover utilities’ plans to add climate-wrecking natural gas plants – mostly with fracked gas -- and discourage or even outlaw solar power. The second and third posts will cover utilities’ plans to add climate-wrecking natural gas plants – mostly with fracked gas -- and discourage or even outlaw solar power.
With Our Renewable Future we did a thought experiment-- if we are moving toward a future that’s powered mostly by solar and wind, what would that look like? Just for the sake of the thought experiment, let’s exclude other energy sources like nuclear, and let’s exclude fossil fuels all together. How would we get to a renewable future, and what would be some of the challenges we would face along the way?
"I came to Friends of the Earth in 2009. I found Friends of the Earth to be an uncompromising organization that wasn’t willing to take half measures in this problem of climate change-- we are running out of time to deal with it."
Bill Blancato has spent his 32-year career as a trial lawyer in Winston-Salem, NC. A native of New York City, Bill attended Queens College, majoring in economics and received his JD at Duke University Law School in Durham, NC. Over the last three years, he has found the threat of climate change compelling. Consequently, he has taken up the cause of establishing a revenue neutral fee on fossil fuels to gradually reduce the market for these greenhouse gases to benefit and encourage the adoption of clean, renewable energy such as solar and wind, and energy efficiency. Over the last three years, he has, along with several others, established North Carolina as a strong supporter of the Carbon Fee and Dividend plan of the national Citizens’ Climate Lobby. He has more recently joined the Board of Directors of The Climate Times.
The High Country to Himalayas Educational Alliance is a project of The Climate Times to rebuild a rural school in Nepal that was destroyed by last spring’s earthquakes and to create an enduring educational alliance between the High Country community and the Eastern region of Nepal.
Dr. George Woodwell, ecologist, is one of the first American scientist to blow the whistle on what almost all (97%) scientist now fully accept as world-wide climate change. Beginning in the late 1960's, he was studying the effects of C02 on forests. As he integrated this knowledge with the latest data on C02 atmospheric concentrations from the pioneering monitoring work of Dr. Charles David Keeling in Hawaii, he developed a well-reasoned theory of how increasing carbon in the Earth's atmosphere from fossil combustion was effected the entire biota of life on Earth as it warmed our planet.
Hallie Turner is a 13-year old climate activist from Raleigh, North Carolina. She jumped in the climate change pool head first, beginning at age 10. More recently she filed a complaint against the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission alleging that the state is not doing enough to protect her and her age peers from the revenges of climate change.
Why we need to overcome rather than accommodate Duke Energy’s influence on the political process In North Carolina. Avram Friedman is the founder and Executive Director of the Canary Coalition of western North Carolina, based in Sylva.