Jeff Young

Recent Stories

Capitol Hill Pollution Under Fire

In 2009, Jeff Young reported on protests against the use of coal at the Capitol Power plant, which supplies energy to Capitol Hill. Although the plant has taken steps to transition towards natural gas, today it still burns small amounts of coal. Now, DC City Councilman Tommy Wells wants to pass legislation that would prohibit the burning of coal inside the city limits.

Weatherization Projects

Home weatherization and energy efficiency are called the "low hanging fruit" in the effort to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But at the ground level in Boston, efficiency advocates struggle to overcome language barriers, layers of bureaucracy and other complications.

Toxic Tide - Discovering the Health Effects of the Deepwater Disaster, Part 2

Gulf Coast residents wonder if their health complaints are connected to BP’s oil spill. In part two of this special report, scientists explain their search for answers in their data from the Deepwater disaster. They’re finding a number of ways people might have been exposed, from fumes rising off the oil and dispersants to a rare phenomenon known as "oil rain."

High Tide for Tidal Power?

Is it high tide for tidal power? Clean energy entrepreneurs are exploring ways to turn the flow of the tides into electricity in the Bay of Fundy.

Natural Gas and Greenhouse Gasses

The global boom in natural gas has big implications for global warming. But scientists studying the issue are locked in a heated debate. Some say gas is a bridge to a cleaner energy future, others claim gas will just fire up more climate change.

Who’s Running Down RGGI?

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative that covers nine northeastern states is under attack. New Jersey pulled out of the program to cap carbon emissions and other state lawmakers are pushing their states to quit, too. But an analyst says the attacks on RGGI are driven by politics, not policy.

Black Lung is Back

Autopsies of a mine disaster’s victims reveal another layer of the tragedy: most of the miners had black lung, a disease many experts thought was under control years ago. This entirely preventable disease is now bouncing back.