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PHOTO: A majority of North Carolina voters on both sides of the political fence favors actions to protect communities from climate change, according to a new Sierra Club poll. Photo credit: Aaron Hartley.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Today the results of a post-election poll send what environmental advocates call a "clear message" to North Carolina's elected leaders including Senator-elect Thom Tillis. The Sierra Club survey finds a majority of voters, including members of both parties, want Tillis to support ef ...Read More

PHOTO: Just weeks after the midterm election, a new Sierra Club poll finds the majority of voters in some key battleground states want policymakers to support efforts to protect communities from climate change. Photo credit: MGDboston/morguefile.com

INDIANAPOLIS - Some of Indiana's leaders have voiced outspoken opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, but a new poll indicates a majority of voters don't share those views. Melissa Williams, national political director ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll conducted after the midterm elections indicates a majority of voters in six of the so-called battleground states want action on the climate crisis, regardless of which way they voted. The Sierra Club believes the same would hold true for Maine voters. Photo credit: pixabay

PORTLAND, Maine – No matter which side of the political aisle they were on and no matter which way their elections went three weeks ago, voters in six of the so-called battleground states want elected office holders to work on the climate crisis, according to a Hart Research poll commissioned ...Read More

PHOTO: Operated as a coal plant for decades, this facility in Austin, Minn., was converted to burn natural gas as Minnesota has moved to limit pollution in recent years. Photo credit: Jerry Huddleston/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota advocates are adding their voices to the growing call for approval of a federal plan to significantly reduce carbon pollution from the country's aging power plants. The proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency aims to reduce power-sector emissions by 30 percent ...Read More

PHOTO: On Thursday, Environment North Carolina released a report outlining the reasons North Carolina should continue its brisk pace for solar-energy development, and generate 20 percent of its power from solar by 2030. Photo courtesy of Environment North Carolina.

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolinians have the power of the sun to be thankful for as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, according to a new report from Environment North Carolina. The analysis found the state has one of the fastest-growing solar industries in the nation, growing by 127 percent in rec ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report encourages Montana to strictly limit the flaring of natural gas, often considered a byproduct of oil drilling. Courtesy of NASA.

BILLINGS, Mont. - A boom in oil production in the Bakken in Montana has led to too much flaring, venting and leaking natural gas, according to a new report from the Northern Plains Resource Council. The report noted that the natural gas is considered a byproduct, and because of low prices and few p ...Read More

PHOTO: Landowners on the route of proposed natural gas pipelines in West Virginia and Virginia have a good legal basis for denying the companies permission to survey on their land, according to legal experts. Photo courtesy of Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

LEWISBURG, W.Va. - Pipeline companies who want to build lines through West Virginia and neighboring Virginia have told some landowners they can survey on their land without the landowners' permission. Legal experts, however, say those companies don't have that right - yet. Attorney Joe Lovett with ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report says Wyoming needs to do more to prevent the burning off of natural gas resources. Credit: Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons

LANDER, Wy. - When it comes to the flaring of natural gas, some analysts say Wyoming should be following the lead of Alaska, which has strict rules that seldom allow the practice. In Wyoming, however, excess natural gas goes up in flames every day - typically at oil drilling sites where natural gas ...Read More

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