Sue Sturgis

Sue Sturgis

Sue Sturgis is the Director and regular contributor to the Institute for Southern Study's online magazine, Facing South, with a focus on energy and environmental issues. Sue is the author or co-author of five Institute reports, including Faith in the Gulf (Aug/Sept 2008), Hurricane Katrina and the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (January 2008) and Blueprint for Gulf Renewal (Aug/Sept 2007). Sue holds a Masters in Journalism from New York University.

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This aerial photo shows a 2016 spill of coal ash and other pollutants flowing into North Carolina's Broad River from Duke Energy's Cliffside coal-fired power plant Views
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Who Will Pay to Clean Up Duke Energy's Coal Ash Pits?
Date on which the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), citing science, ordered Duke Energy to fully excavate its remaining coal ash pits and move the toxic waste into lined landfills: 4/1/2019 Number of remaining coal ash pits Duke Energy must excavate under the order: 6...
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Members of the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee Views
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Institute Index: The Racial Injustice of the Government Shutdown
Rank of the ongoing partial federal government shutdown ordered by President Trump — an effort to get congressional funding for an unpopular $5.7 billion wall along the Mexican border — among the longest in U.S. history: 1 Total number of federal workers who are either furloughed or working without...
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U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi Views
Saturday, December 01, 2018
The Corporations That Helped a Confederate Apologist Hold a Senate Seat
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi won a special runoff election this week to the U.S. Senate seat she was appointed to fill earlier this year after Thad Cochran resigned for health reasons. She defeated Democratic challenger Mike Espy, former congressman and U.S. agriculture secretary...
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Offshore platforms Views
Sunday, November 04, 2018
The 2018 Ballot Measures That Could Help Build a More Just South
Voters in most states across the South will be weighing in on statewide ballot measures in this year's general election on a range of issues from voting rights to criminal justice. While some of the measures are being actively opposed by progressive groups — like the proposals to further restrict...
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A child with asthma uses a nebulizer shaped like a fish. The power plant pollution rule proposed by the Trump administration is expected to lead to 120,000 additional asthma attacks annually by 2030 and up to 1,400 additional premature deaths. (Photo: KristyFaith via Flickr.) Views
Monday, August 27, 2018
The Unequal Health Impacts of Trump's Coal Plant Rule
Date on which the Trump administration, as part of its efforts to boost the U.S. coal industry, proposed new regulations for coal-fired power plants that would roll back stricter pollution rules adopted by the Obama administration: 8/21/2018 Number of health and medical groups that issued a joint...
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  A 2012 protest against the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision by Occupy Miami activists. (Occupy Miami photo via Flickr.) Views
Saturday, February 17, 2018
How Citizens United Continues to Transform Money in Politics
As of last month, number of years since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Citizens United v. FEC , which lifted limits on money in politics and led to an explosion in the number of outside spending groups that are supposed to operate independently of campaigns and parties and aren't...
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Demonstrators take part in a rally against offshore drilling outside the White House on May 15, 2016. (Photo: DCErica/flickr/cc) Views
Saturday, January 06, 2018
Trump's Offshore Drilling Plan Flouts Law by Ignoring Governors' Wishes
The Trump administration unveiled its draft five-year plan for offshore drilling this week to replace the Obama administration plan that went into effect last year. Trump is proposing to open to oil and gas development vast untouched areas of coastal waters including the Atlantic and the eastern...
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The Atlantic Coast Pipeline's planned route through Eastern North Carolina would disproportionately impact African-American, Native American and low-income communities. (Map from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality's website.) Views
Monday, November 20, 2017
Institute Index: The Mounting Injustice of the Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Date on which two separate coalitions of landowners and conservation groups filed requests calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider its approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would carry fracked natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina and possibly farther...
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Sunday, June 18, 2017
Meet the Southern Senators Critical to Blocking Obamacare's Repeal
Before leaving town for the July 4 recess, the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as "Obamacare" — and this week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky put the proposal on the fast track . The measure, which could...
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Saturday, April 15, 2017
The Energy Lobbyists Linked to Trump's Offshore Drilling Plans
Last week U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that President Trump plans to issue an executive order expanding offshore drilling in areas now off limits, including the Atlantic Ocean and parts of the Arctic. Trump's order would amend the Obama administration's five-year drilling plan that...
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