FROM Jeff Tiberii
Did Regulators Protect Duke Energy from Oil-Spill Lawsuit? It's been more than 40 days since coal-ash from a Duke Energy power plant contaminated 70 miles of North Carolina's Dan River. Public health officials have warned against drinking the water or eating fish caught in the Dan. But the failure to clean up so far is only part of the story. A federal grand jury has been convened for a criminal investigation, with at least 23 subpoenas issued. There are claims of a "sweetheart deal" between the company and regulators appointed by the Governor, a former Duke Energy employee. Jeff Tiberii is Greensboro Bureau chief for WUNC , the NPR affiliate in Chapel Hill.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?