Climate Change

In February, workers used a giant crane to lower a containment vessel ring into place at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in Fairfield County, S.C.
SCANA

A decade ago, nuclear power’s future looked bright. It offered a carbon-free energy alternative amid worries about greenhouse gases and climate change. But a lot has happened since then, like the 2011 meltdown at Fukushima and skyrocketing nuclear construction costs. Last month, two South Carolina utilities scrapped a multi-billion dollar nuclear project. Now, the future of nuclear is even cloudier. 

Dare County Government Channel

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sea levels are rising faster than anticipated and our state’s beaches are particularly vulnerable. Yet we have no long-term strategy to deal with this. Mike Collins talks with experts about what the future may hold.

Why Traffic Fatalities Increased In US, NC

Aug 30, 2016
dot.gov

In North Carolina, nearly 1,400 people died in car crashes last year, according to new federal data. Compared to the year before, traffic fatalities increased about 7 percent in North Carolina and nationally.

Environmentalists are disappointed over the Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday to put the EPA’s Clean Power Plan on hold. But they say it won’t slow progress in converting the country to a cleaner energy supply. 

Colorado Springs Police Department

Robert Lewis Dear, the man suspected in Friday’s attack on a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, had lived in the Carolinas before moving to Colorado a year ago. Neighbors say he kept mostly to himself. Meanwhile, in other news this weekend, North Carolina will meet Clemson in next weekend's ACC championship football game in Charlotte.

NC Senate Votes To Oppose EPA Carbon Plan

Aug 5, 2015
Ben Bradford / WFAE

The North Carolina Senate does not like the Obama administration’s sweeping new rule to limit carbon emissions from power plants. The Senate voted Wednesday to restrict state compliance with the law and to sue the administration.   

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, along with many Republican governors, opposes the carbon rule taking effect and has said he plans a lawsuit. The Senate bill requires one.

In the meantime, it orders state environment officials not to take the first step of the rule, developing a plan for cutting carbon emissions by about a third.

McCrory Will Sue EPA Over Carbon Rule

Aug 4, 2015
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Governor's office

Republican administrations across the country have opposed the Obama administration’s plan to regulate carbon emissions since it was first announced, and North Carolina is no exception. 


NCDENR

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling against federal efforts to limit mercury and other toxic emissions at coal plants won’t have much direct effect in North Carolina, but the state’s environment secretary argues it should impact the thinking on another, upcoming federal rule to limit carbon emissions.

NC Science Panel Revisits Sea Level Rise

Apr 1, 2015
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A state science panel predicts sea level could rise off the coast by an average of seven inches over the next 30 years. The report is the first from the science panel, since state lawmakers blocked an earlier version that predicted extreme effects.


Duke Energy

Slow energy demand and carbon emission cuts are putting major pressure on the power industry, a top Duke Energy executive said today. Chief Financial Officer Steve Young spoke at a Wells Fargo energy conference about challenges facing coal, solar, wind, and nuclear energy.


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