The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

February 21, 2018

Stop the ratepayer rip-off in Virginia!

Dominion Energy is trying to push legislation through the General Assembly that would gut regulatory oversight of its monopoly and boost profits at the expense of families and businesses. Call your legislator TODAY to stop the ratepayer rip-off.

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5 graphs explain coal in Trump’s first year

The Trump administration claims an uptick in coal production shows its anti-regulatory agenda is working — ignoring the fact coal's long-term trend is downward. Coal communities need better policies now to help diversify their economies. Photo by EcoFlight

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As rural water systems age, challenges mount

Sometimes called “the invisible infrastructure," many small water systems across the region are in need of repair. But with declining populations, economic distress and other factors, it’s often a challenge for communities to maintain, much less improve, their water supplies.

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Gov. Northam: Protect our waters from pipelines!

As a candidate for governor, Ralph Northam said that two massive fracked-gas pipelines proposed for Virginia “should be held to the highest environmental standards.” Now that he’s governor, we need to hold him to his word. Photo by Terry Wild

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Appalachian Voices opposes TVA rate proposal

Our Tennessee Energy Savings team was at the TVA board meeting to oppose the utility’s plan to implement a new rate structure that could put a disproportionate burden on low-income families and hinder energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

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More to “pumped storage” than meets the eye

A plan to use old coal mines in Southwest Virginia for a hydroelectric facility could be a great idea -- provided it uses local workers and locally sited solar energy to run the operation. Photo courtesy of Dominion Energy

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VA CARBON RULE HEARINGS:

Virginia’s Proposed CO2 Rule Public Hearings
March 7, 8, 12, 14, 15 and 19: Join Virginians across the state to tell the DEQ to cut carbon now! Abingdon, Roanoke, Virginia Beach, Harrisonburg, Woodbridge and Richmond, respectively.

 

CALENDAR of EVENTS

Growing Growers: Market Gardening
Feb. 27: Learn how to grow food for local markets in your own garden. Bledsoe, Ky.
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Energy Efficiency Task Force Volunteer Nights
Feb. 28, March 14:
Help the Appalachian Voices Energy Savings Team communicate the importance of energy efficiency. Boone, N.C.
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Live Stake Collection Workday
Feb. 28: Help replant trees along Rhododendron Creek. Asheville, N.C.
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2018 Full Worm Moon Hike
March 1: Celebrate the springtime emergence of earthworms and plant life. Big Sandy Mush, N.C.
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Maple Sugar Madness: See Sap Run
March 3, 10: Hike and learn about new and old ways of collecting maple syrup. Wintergreen, Va.
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Ninth Annual Gardening Symposium
March 10: Loudoun County Master Gardeners present a symposium featuring renowned garden speakers and a vendors’ market. Leesburg, Va.
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Irish Spring Festival
March 11, 15-20: Celebrate the return of springtime with traditional Irish dance, arts and crafts. Ireland, W.Va.
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Tennessee Spring Star Party
March 16-18: Learn about and view the stars at Fall Creek Falls State Park. Spencer, Tenn.
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Kite Day at Cumberland Mountain State Park
March 17: Fly kites and grill out at Cumberland Mountain. Crossville, Tenn.
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State of Appalachia Conference
March 23, 24: Join faith voices in Appalachia at the Pipestem Resort State Park to discuss the spiritual, economic and ecological state of Appalachia. Pipestem, W.Va.
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Community Organizing Summit
April 6-8: Join the Appalachian Gas Working Group for training, leadership, coalition building and outreach. Jackson’s Mill, Weston, W.Va.
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Environmental Calendar of Events
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