Jeff Young

Turning On Tidal Power

In honor of Earth Month we are updating some of our favorite stories. This week, we hear about the potential for ocean tides to create electricity to power the grid.

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."


Smokestacks, low-flying jets, and coal miners all come into focus in a series of documentary photographs commissioned by the EPA in the early 70s.

Dispersant Discussion

Nearly 2 million gallons of chemical dispersants have been used in the Gulf of Mexico to break up the gushing oil. This is the first time they have been used below the ocean surface, as much as a mile deep at the broken well. Many of the country's leading

The New Political Climate

What the Republican wave means for climate change and energy policy. President Obama made a post-election plea for compromise on clean energy ?and at least one Republican says it's possible. New Hampshire Rep. Charlie Bass sees a chance for bipartisan pro

Offshore Drilling Debate

A moratorium on offshore drilling has kept most of the U.S. shoreline free from new oil and gas rigs for more than two decades. The ban on drilling has broad support, especially in coastal communities. They're concerned that drilling platforms, spills or

A Checkered Past

For decades, New Orleanians placed their trust in a storm defense system that, 40 years since its construction, was still not completed when Hurricane Katrina swept in. A look at the history of the levees reveals misplaced priorities and outdated science

Giuliani's Green Record

What sort of environmental president would "America's Mayor" Rudy Guiliani make? Giuliani's environmental platform is short on specifics, but his record on the cleanup of Ground Zero after 9/11 might offer clues into how the Republican hopeful approaches