Dear friends and members,
On June 25, I gathered with my co-workers to watch President Obama unveil his vision for addressing climate change. It was encouraging to hear the president frame the issue in terms of a "moral imperative," and the fact that he's ready to take on power plant emissions -- the single largest source of greenhouse gases in the U.S. -- shows that he's serious.
But no energy plan can be built on a moral foundation without ensuring that areas like Appalachia, heavily impacted by the country's continued over-reliance on fossil fuels, don't get left behind. The devastating practice of mountaintop removal coal mining has no place in a 21st Century energy plan. [ Read more ]
Conversation About Power Plant Water Pollution Continues in Washington
Matt Wasson and the AV team recently traveled to the nation's capital to tell the EPA that polluting our drinking water sources with toxic waste from power plants is NOT ok. [ Join us in demanding better protection for our health and communities.
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Last week, Appalachian Voices and our partner organizations won another battle in the fight for clean water in Kentucky. Judge Phillip Shepherd denied the state of Kentucky's motion to dismiss our challenge to a settlement they reached with Frasure Creek Mining. This means we can continue with our arguments that the settlement -- which let Frasure Creek off the hook for thousands of violations of the Clean Water Act -- should be thrown out. [ Read the latest ]
Gina McCarthy Confirmed as EPA Head
After more than five months of delays and threats of filibuster, Environmental Protection Agency veteran Gina McCarthy was finally confirmed by the U.S. Senate as head of the agency. She now faces the task of implementing the president's climate action plan and finalizing rules for several key issues, including mountaintop removal coal mining. [ Read Tom's call to Secretary McCarthy ]
Energy Efficiency Policy Making --
Not An Entirely Efficient Process
The U.S. Senate is in, the House is (maybe) out, and the Department of Agriculture has its own plan. Confused? Luckily, our very own Rory McIlmoil explains the complicated but hopeful steps by the federal government to bring energy savings policy to the national platform. [ Read more ]
Congress Tries to Block Coal Ash Guidelines -- Again
Industry-friendly politicians just won't give up -- and neither can you! A new bill to prevent the EPA from setting and enforcing guidelines on coal ash disposal is making the rounds, and a vote in the U.S. Senate is expected any day now. Help stop this latest attempt to block critical protections for our waters. [ Contact your Senator now ]