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New NASA study shows fracking of natural gas and oil is key driver of climate change — News Release from NC WARN

A bombshell new study by NASA concludes that methane emissions from the oil and gas industry have grown rapidly and are a key driver of global warming. The findings support many earlier studies, and bolster the argument that a huge rise in super-potent methane emissions is linked to soaring global temperatures in recent years.

North Vernon continues work on solar project — The Republic (Indiana)

The process of converting nearly all city-owned buildings to solar energy is a little behind schedule but is about 75 percent completed... The decision to convert North Vernon’s city buildings to solar energy was finalized at a North Vernon City Council meeting in April.

Tesla’s enormous battery in Australia, just weeks old, is already responding to outages in ‘record’ time — Washington Post

Less than a month after Tesla unveiled a new backup power system in South Australia, the world's largest lithium-ion battery is already being put to the test. And it appears to be far exceeding expectations: In the past three weeks alone, the Hornsdale Power Reserve has smoothed out at least two major energy outages, responding even more quickly than the coal-fired backups that were supposed to provide emergency power.

Cities, co-ops to buy power from Eastover solar farm — Fayetteville Observer

An energy company that sells power to cities and electric cooperatives is planning to build a solar facility near Eastover. NTE Carolinas Solar, an affiliate of NTE Energy, hopes to start construction on the project next year. The facility will be on Al Ray Road, which is off Dunn Road between Fayetteville and Eastover.

ACP owners confident — The Robesonian

The governmental approval process for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline continues at a pace that points to construction beginning in early 2018... The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval ruling of Oct. 13 ... is being challenged by NC WARN, a Durham-based nonprofit that addresses “the climate crisis and other hazards posed by electricity generation.”

NC WARN looks for local support for environmental plan — Winston-Salem Chronicle

NC WARN is hoping for local support in its effort to replace half of all fossil fuels used for electricity in the state by 2025, and replace them all by 2030.

Arctic report card: Permafrost thawing at a faster pace — The Washington Post

Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing at a faster clip, according to a new report released Tuesday. Water is also warming and sea ice is melting at the fastest pace in 1,500 years at the top of the world.

Duke Energy’s mandatory fee plan is unwise and unfair — The News & Observer

Op-Ed by T. Anthony Spearman and Doug Dickerson. For most North Carolinians, the electric bill is a fact of life, an unavoidable part of the household budget. When times are tight, as they are for far too many of our constituents, families must find a way to pay. Otherwise, they risk having essential electric services shut off. For some, it’s an impossible choice between food, medicine and power.

New York’s heralded fracking ban isn’t all it’s cracked up to be — Center For Public Integrity

In 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a bold statement by banning hydraulic fracturing in the Empire State, declaring alongside his health commissioner that “no child should live near” a shale-gas well because of its potential harm. The governor’s proclamation made him a hero among environmentalists and persona non grata in the oil and gas industry. Energy in Depth, an industry-funded website, criticized Cuomo for basing the moratorium on dubious science “to kowtow to Yoko Ono, Mark Ruffalo, and all of the environmental pressure groups in New York.”

Court Signals Timing isn’t Right for Suit against State and Regulators over Court Access and Duke Energy Fast-track Law — News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN also contends that the NC Utilities Commission shielded itself from an appeals court review of the $1 billion Duke Energy project by invoking a never before used law from 1965 to require a $98 million bond that locked the courthouse doors to NC WARN and its nonprofit partner, The Climate Times. No other state allows regulators to use a bond to block a power plant appeal.

Group loses last challenge to Duke Energy’s Asheville natural gas plant - Charlotte Business Journal

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Watch press conference at the Governor's office in Raleigh on June 15, 2017 featuring Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the NC NAACP.
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