A few hundred people rallied under clear blue skies in Pack Square Park Saturday afternoon to call on Duke Energy to shutter its Asheville coal plant and advocate for clean energy. The event, called "Beyond Coal: A Rally for Our Future," featured local speakers, singers and popular TV actor/vampire Ian Somerhalder. [Photo gallery at the bottom.]
To most Western North Carolinians, it might seem obvious that protecting access to clean water should be a top priority for our elected leaders. Besides making up 60 percent of the human body and being essential for drinking, irrigation and fisheries, water is a vital regional asset for recreation and scenic beauty. But even putting all that aside, it’s also one of our most powerful economic engines. ...
The recently reconstituted Green Drinks enviro-social hour convened at Craggy Brewery Wednesday evening, Jan. 12, to learn about what’s at stake for the environment in the new North Carolina legislative session. Republicans have assumed a majority in both the state House and the Senate in this session — something that hasn’t happened here since Reconstruction.
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