Sue Sturgis

Sue Sturgis is the editorial director of Facing South, the online magazine of the nonprofit Institute for Southern Studies in Durham, N.C.

Green Jobs

By the numbers: The myth of ‘job-killing’ regulations

This post originally appeared at Facing South. 3 — Number of weeks straight last month that Republicans used their weekly radio address to attack government …

Climate Skeptics

Find out who’s behind the ‘information attacks’ on climate scientists

This post originally appeared at Facing South. This week, in a courtroom in Prince William County, Va., a hearing will take place that could have …

Industry-funded climate crank becomes a media darling

A new study examining TV news coverage of federal proposals to regulate global warming pollution has turned up evidence of journalistic malpractice when it comes …

EPA puts off long-promised coal ash protections

(This post originally appeared at Facing South.) Communities imperiled by poorly managed coal ash won’t be getting help from the federal government any time soon. …


On Valentine’s Day, activists show love for mountains with sit-in and march

Activists in the Kentucky governor’s office.Photo: Chad Berry This post originally appeared at Facing South. This Valentine’s Day marks the fourth day of a historic …

Hexavalent chromium pollution linked to coal ash disposal

The landmark $333 million court settlement that propelled legal researcher Erin Brockovich to environmental stardom involved the contamination of a California town’s groundwater with hexavalent …

a very dirty deal?

Corruption scandal casts shadow over Georgia coal plant projects

Dwight Brown, leader of the Atlanta electric co-op Cobb Electric Membership Corp, was indicted last week on 31 counts of criminal wrongdoing.

nuclear's dirty secret leaks

Uranium contamination found downstream of Tennessee nuclear fuel plant

A river downstream of a privately-owned nuclear fuel processing plant in East Tennessee is contaminated with enriched uranium, according to an interim report by a university scientist that was released last week.

The Pope-mobile runs on dirty fossil fuels

Art Pope's millions fund climate change denial

An investigation by Facing South finds that the Koch brothers, have a valuable ally in North Carolina: conservative benefactor Art Pope.