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At the groundbreaking for the Kemper power plant: Mississippi PSC Commissioner Lynn Posey, at podium, with (seated, L to R), Anthony Topazi, chief operating officer, Southern Company, Governor Haley Barbour, and Tom Fanning, chief executive officer, Southern Company, December 16, 2010.

Southern Company Says Kemper Not Viable as Coal Plant, Blames the PSC

In an apparent first salvo in a public relations campaign to shift blame for the Kemper power plant boondoggle away from himself and corporate management and onto state regulators, Southern Company chief executive officer Tom

Rick Perry Faces Tepid Questioning in Energy Secretary Confirmation Hearing

A conciliatory Rick Perry cruised through a half-day Senate confirmation hearing today for secretary of the Department of Energy before a Senate committee in a performance that was long on warm words and vague promises

Southern Company’s Kemper Coal Plant Could Get Billions in Tax Credit Bail-Out

If Donald Trump really wants to get rid of federal corporate welfare, he should be frantically tweeting against a congressional plan that could send billions to the grossly mismanaged Kemper power plant by expanding tax

Fanning and Moniz on Kemper: Nothing to See Here

It would be hard to find an image of a cozier relationship between a giant energy company and a regulator than the joint appearance in Philadelphia on July 28th by Southern Company’s Tom Fanning and U.S.

Kemper Project’s Untested Equipment Means Southern Company Way Off On Schedule

Engineers who worked on Southern Company’s Kemper coal plant say the proposed start-up date of September 2016 is as unrealistic as previous dates given by the company and that the plant is unlikely to go

Southern Company’s ‘Big Bet’ on Kemper: A Rigged Game?

From the very beginning, the story of utility giant Southern Company’s Kemper clean coal plant is a long trail of broken promises.

Lawsuit Against ExxonMobil Ties Climate Policy to Local Oil Hazard

A Massachusetts conservation group says it will sue ExxonMobil for failing to protect the Boston harbor area from an old, leaky oil terminal that spews toxic material into nearby rivers, charging that the company’s dual

Exxon Mimics Big Tobacco’s First Amendment Plea

ExxonMobil’s claim last week in a Texas court that the First Amendment bars an attorney general’s investigation into its history of climate denial is probably a loser. Big Tobacco tried to use the First Amendment

Strong Optics at Attorney General’s Climate Conclave but Weak on Details, Litigators

The announcement Tuesday that two more attorneys general are investigating whether ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel companies misled the public about the reality of global warming raised more questions than it answered – particularly as

CIC Sues Department of Energy for Southern Co. Kemper “Clean Coal” Documents

The Climate Investigations Center has sued the U.S. Department of Energy to force the release of records pertaining to Southern Company’s “clean coal” power plant in Kemper County, Mississippi. In a lawsuit filed late last