December 15, 2022 -
Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Moore v. Harper, a case in which North Carolina Republican state lawmakers are seeking to give state legislatures sole control over federal elections nationwide. We look at the money backing the controversial lawsuit, which is being called the "single most important case on American democracy."
January 29, 2021 -
Tied for the hottest year on record globally, 2020 also brought the most $1 billion disasters ever in the U.S., and they took a disproportionate toll on the South's most vulnerable communities. With most states in the region controlled by a party whose platform downplays climate change, environmental advocates are looking to the new president for help. Here's what the Biden administration has done so far.
July 14, 2020 -
Facing mounting costs and legal challenges, the Southern energy giants have canceled the $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline planned to carry fracked gas from West Virginia to Virginia and North Carolina. The move came after intense opposition to the project from environmentalists, racial justice advocates, and local communities, and it will allow the companies to focus on meeting state renewable mandates.
August 30, 2019 -
Despite record global temperatures and near-unanimity among climate scientists that human activity is to blame, the North Carolina-based John Locke Foundation continues to cast doubt on the science of global warming and to stymie efforts to address the problem through public policy — and mainstream media outlets keep boosting its message and lending it credibility.
July 3, 2019 -
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been researching how the climate crisis will affect farming, but it's withheld the findings from the public. That's just one example of how the Trump administration is making it harder for farmers across the South — a region especially vulnerable to climate change — to prepare for a warming world.
October 22, 2018 -
While its customers suffered this year in hurricanes whose unusual intensity scientists have attributed to climate change, Duke Energy was contributing overwhelmingly to Republican politicians, whose party platform denies that climate change is a pressing concern.
December 15, 2016 -
A Louisiana environmental health advocate says that if President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, Exxon Mobil chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson, does for the world what he's done for Louisiana, "God help us."