James Bruggers, InsideClimate News

James Bruggers

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Louisville, KY, United States

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  • USA TODAY
  • KENS 5
  • 12 News
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  • CITIZEN-TIMES.com
  • Enquirer
  • The Tennessean

Past articles by James:

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

Coal Ash Is Contaminating Groundwater in at least 22 States, Utility Reports Show

So far, utilities have acknowledged the presence of enough health-harming contaminants like arsenic to trigger cleanup rules at 70 coal-fired power plant sites. → Read More

A Coal Ash Spill Made These Workers Sick. Now, They're Fighting for Compensation.

Some 30 people who cleaned up the ash have died with ailments that can be linked to exposure to toxic elements of coal ash, and more than 250 are sick or dying. → Read More

A Coal Ash Spill Made These Workers Sick. Now, They're Fighting for Compensation.

After a big jury verdict, the Kingston workers now have to tie each illness to toxics in the coal ash. It has parallels to the 9/11 recovery crew cases. → Read More

FEMA Flood Maps Ignore Climate Change, and Homeowners Are Paying the Price

The flood maps don’t factor in sea level rise or changes in extreme weather, and many are years out of date. In Mexico Beach, 'minimal-risk' homes were swept away. → Read More

Kinder Morgan Cancels Controversial Pipeline Plan Through Appalachia, and Pursues Another

The company has dropped the idea of pushing hazardous gas liquids through an old pipeline that ran the other way. But it still wants to ship fracked natural gas. → Read More

With Hurricanes and Toxic Algae, Florida Candidates Can’t Ignore the Environment

Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis are both courting the environment vote in the governor's race, but they go in opposite ways on climate change. → Read More