June 22, 2016
A new project from Appalachian Voices is yielding a real-world inventory of the most eligible abandoned coal mine lands to be reclaimed and redeveloped into new economic ventures. Picture solar farms, organic farms, community parks and industrial parks.
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Appalachian Voices joined with 60 other organizations in an open letter to Gov. McAuliffe to end his support for fossil fuel projects in the commonwealth and instead hold true to his campaign vision of clean and fair energy for all. A march on the governor’s mansion in Richmond is planned for July 23.
Wildlife rehabilitation centers provide intensive care to animals that have been injured or abandoned while still too young to survive on their own. Meet some of the talented people who are returning these animals to good health and to the wild.
Risk rankings for coal ash sites across North Carolina were announced last month. But those rankings could still change, and a newly revived legislative battle is a sign that the controversy over coal ash cleanup will continue.
Our recent survey of residents in western North Carolina shows 89 percent of respondents had trouble paying their electric bill, and most said the upfront cost of energy efficiency improvements would be unaffordable. Another analysis shows relatively modest home energy improvements can yield up to 15% savings on monthly bills.
Bankrupt coal companies cannot be allowed to turn their backs on communities and leave unreclaimed mines to pollute land and water for decades to come. Nor should the coal companies be allowed to put American taxpayers on the hook for paying for the cleanup. Tell the administration to clamp down on financial bonding requirements. Photo ©2016 Sierra Club