August 25, 2015
When future historians write the book about climate change, they'll surely note August 3, 2015 as the beginning of a new chapter, the day when the United States put its first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Citizens have a vital role in what happens next.
On Sept. 24 we will host our annual membership meeting at all four of our regional offices. Enjoy eats, drinks, and lively discussion about our goals for the year!
Support swells in Appalachia for POWER+
Local governments in the heart of coal country in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee are increasingly throwing their support behind POWER+, a White House budget proposal to steer millions of dollars for economic diversification and land reclamation to Appalachia.
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More than 1,000 residents and businesses in North Carolina's High Country have signed a petition or written letters urging their electric co-op to offer debt-free financing for energy efficiency improvements. Our home energy contest last winter showed clear need for energy efficiency in the region, and our three winners are now using 10-30% less energy.
The U.S. Department of Justice has reached a settlement including a $2 million civil penalty against Arch Coal and its subsidiaries under the International Coal Group to resolve hundreds of pollution violations at its Appalachian coal mines. Appalachian Voices first uncovered ICG's history of violations in 2010, sued the company, and pressed regulators to force compliance.
With one of the largest U.S. coal companies, Alpha Natural Resources, announcing bankruptcy earlier this month, the industry continues its financial slide as market forces shift and the coal runs out in Appalachia. The move, which brings to mind the financial shenanigans of Patriot Coal in 2011, has union supporters wondering if Alpha will honor its obligations to current and retired miners and local communities.
Savor the end of summer by diving into a special edition of The Appalachian Voice that explores our most precious natural resource. The August/September 2015 issue features an in-depth look at the relationship between coal and clean water, as well as articles on dam removals, water privatization, swimming holes and more.