James Bruggers, InsideClimate News

James Bruggers

InsideClimate News

Louisville, KY, United States

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Recent:
  • InsideClimate News
Past:
  • The Courier-Journal
  • The Allegheny Front
  • USA TODAY
  • KENS 5
  • 12 News
  • KING 5 News
  • CITIZEN-TIMES.com
  • Enquirer
  • The Tennessean

Recent articles by James:

Appalachia’s Strip-Mined Mountains Face a Growing Climate Risk: Flooding

A new analysis of satellite images shows how the area of West Virginia with the most strip-mine damage is also the most susceptible to increased stream flow. → Read More

Voters Flip Virginia’s Legislature, Clearing Way for Climate and Clean Energy Policies

The election puts Virginia back on track to join the East Coast’s regional carbon cap-and-trade system. Kentucky appears to have had a big upset, too. → Read More

Trump EPA Targets More Coal Ash Rules for Rollback. Water Pollution Rules, Too.

The Trump administration has been scrambling to boost the coal industry ahead of the next election. Expect more rollbacks as the clock ticks. → Read More

McConnell says he's a friend to coal. But will his record with miners hurt him in 2020?

The Senate majority leader led the opposition to Barack Obama’s “war on coal,” but now some miners fault him for flagging support. → Read More

McConnell’s Record on Coal Has Become a Hot Topic in His Senate Campaign

The Senate majority leader led the opposition to Barack Obama’s “war on coal,” but now some miners fault him for flagging support. → Read More

Dorian One of Strongest, Longest-Lasting Hurricanes on Record in the Atlantic

After the devastation in the Bahamas, the U.S. coast was largely spared, but even a wobble in Dorian's storm track could have brought very different results. → Read More

House Votes to Block Trump from Using Clean Energy Funds to Back Fossil Fuels Project

The Energy Department is weighing loan guarantees for a storage facility that would hold natural gas liquids for a proposed plastics manufacturing hub in Appalachia. → Read More

A Kentucky Power Plant's Demise Signals a Reckoning for Coal

The implosion of the coal-fired Cane Run Generating Station came as the generating capacity of the renewable energy sector surpassed coal across the country. → Read More

What’s Worrying the Plastics Industry? Your Reaction to All That Waste, for One

This year’s Global Plastics Summit revealed an industry that sees big growth ahead but also serious challenges, from plastics in the ocean to climate impact. → Read More

Inside a Southern Coal Conference: Pep Rallies and Fears of an Industry's Demise

Here’s what happened when state energy regulators, politicians and industry officials met with members of the Trump administration to discuss a future for coal. → Read More

Cities Pressure TVA to Boost Renewable Energy as Memphis Weighs Breaking Away

Solar and wind supporters see Memphis as a beachhead in their fight to get the federally owned TVA to close coal plants. The city sees a way to save money. → Read More

Utilities Starting to See Green in the EV Charging Business — and Competition

Electric vehicle sales are rising, and a variety of companies are getting into the charging game. Utilities like Duke see a revenue opportunity that could slip away. → Read More

Not Trusting FEMA’s Flood Maps, More Storm-Ravaged Cities Set Tougher Rules

A growing number of cities are looking beyond the usual 100-year floodplain and requiring more homes to be built higher for their own protection. → Read More

Not Trusting FEMA’s Flood Maps, More Hurricane-Hit Cities Set Their Own Rules

A growing number of cities are looking beyond the usual 100-year floodplain and requiring more homes to be built higher for their own protection. → Read More

Plastics may be the new coal in Appalachia. But at what cost to health and climate?

With the natural gas fracking boom, plastics production is spreading in the Ohio River Valley. But at what cost to health and climate? → Read More

Coal Ash Contaminates Groundwater at 91% of U.S. Coal Plants, Tests Show

An analysis of water monitoring reports found unsafe levels of toxic substances near hundreds of coal ash sites, many of them in the Midwest and Southeast. → Read More

Plastics: The New Coal in Appalachia?

With the natural gas fracking boom, plastics production is spreading in the Ohio River Valley. But at what cost to health and climate? → Read More

Industry Wanted This Ohio River Commission to Stop Setting Pollution Standards. It Almost Gave in.

The commission was under pressure to drop its standard-setting authority and let each state act on its own. But what happens upstream affects everyone. → Read More

TVA Votes to Close 2 Coal Plants, Despite Political Pressure from Trump and Kentucky GOP

The aging Paradise coal-fired power plant is unreliable, expensive and polluting, TVA data show. The federally owned utility said its decision is based on economics. → Read More

In Florida, a New Governor Shifts Gears on Environment, and Maybe Climate Change

Some of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis's first directives address sea level rise and the importance of science in environmental policy. → Read More