James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal

James Bruggers

The Courier-Journal

Louisville, KY, United States

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  • InsideClimate News
  • The Allegheny Front
  • USA TODAY
  • KENS 5
  • 12 News
  • KING 5 News
  • CITIZEN-TIMES.com
  • Enquirer
  • The Tennessean

Recent articles by James:

Some Young Republicans embrace a slower, gentler brand of climate activism

University of Louisville student Benjamin Myles said he is frustrated by Republicans who do not take climate change seriously, including McConnell. → Read More

Trump (sort of) accepted COVID-19 modeling. Don't expect the same on climate change

Inherent uncertainties make climate modeling an easy target for the president and others who downplay the impact of COVID-19 or deny global warming. → Read More

Polluting Industries Cash-In on COVID, Harming Climate in the Process

Airlines, farmers and plastic bag makers look for relief amid the pandemic. But the coal industry, and wind and solar energy concerns, lose out in the relief bill. → Read More

Market Headwinds Buffet Appalachia’s Future as a Center for Petrochemicals

A proposed $5.7 billion ethane plant in Belmont County, Ohio, was seen as a likely casualty even before coronavirus cratered oil prices and collapsed the economy. → Read More

Trump May Approve Strip Mining on Tennessee’s Protected Cumberland Plateau

The Obama administration designated 75,000 acres “unsuitable” for coal mining at the state’s behest four years ago. Now, Trump officials may be making an exception. → Read More

Clean Energy Loses Out in Congress’s Last-Minute Budget Deal

Tax breaks for solar, electric vehicles and energy storage were jettisoned. Retired and sick coal miners, meanwhile, got some of the support they had fought for. → Read More

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