Guest Columns

  • Our Military, Wind Farms Can Coexist

    Guest columnist Katharine Kollins of the Southeastern Wind Coalition writes that a bill recently introduced in North Carolina is an attack on wind energy that does nothing to protect military bases.

  • We Must Do More To Protect Coastal Waters

    Guest columnist Stevenson Weeks writes that the Newport River, known for its tasty oysters, is in peril unless lawmakers act on water quality recommendations to protect the resource.

  • Smarter Energy Investment Needed Now

    Guest columnist R. Bruce Holsten writes that market conditions, inherent risks and other business-related factors make Atlantic offshore exploration and drilling an unwise investment.

  • Improving NC’s Floodplain Buyout Program

    David Salvesen and Todd K. BenDor of UNC-Chapel Hill explain in today’s guest commentary their research on identifying ways to improve the floodplain buyout process in North Carolina.

  • Op-Ed: Connecting Climate Change, Storms

    Environmental journalist Miles O’Brien has partnered with Clean Air Carolina to present a short film series Sept. 27 in Durham on the impact of climate change on North Carolina.

  • Rebuild the Red Wolf Recovery Effort  

    Guest columnist Christian Hunt of Defenders of Wildlife writes that a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to reduce the Red Wolf Recovery Program’s territory will lead to the species’ extinction in the wild.

  • In Memoriam: Bob Simpson, 1925-2018

    This week marks a month since the death of Bob Simpson, a writer, seasoned waterman, advocate for the creation of the Cape Lookout National Seashore and longtime owner of possibly the oldest fishing boat on the N.C. coast.

  • Guest Column: Cooper’s Missed Opportunity

    David McGowan, director of the N.C. Petroleum Council, says Gov. Roy Cooper’s decision to oppose seismic research and offshore drilling was a missed opportunity to play a constructive role in the debate.

  • NC Missing at New York’s Billion Oyster Party

    Guest columnist Tom Looney recently attended a celebration of oysters in New York, noting North Carolina’s absence despite being ideally positioned to compete in the growing shellfish aquaculture market.