March 29, 2017
The White House’s proposed budget purports to put America first. It puts Appalachia last — taking aim at vital funding for economic development and other programs that are a lifeline for many in our region.
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Thousands of citizens have taken every opportunity to tell federal regulators to reject the proposed fracked-gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny this unnecessary and unwanted project.
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On May 9, Appalachian Voices is proud to co-host the Southwest Virginia Solar Fair — a celebration of developing the region as a solar energy technology hub and providing solar installations for community members.
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Yancey and Mitchell counties in western N.C. became the first counties in America to pass resolutions supporting the development of “on-bill financing” by the local electric utility to help residents afford home energy efficiency improvements.
Residents in East Tennessee, like in many places across Appalachia, spend a significant portion of their income on energy bills. Many service agencies and churches already struggle to help everyone in their communities who needs it with payment and weatherization assistance, but with threats to federal funding, they may face an even greater demand.
In a matter of weeks, health care benefits for thousands of retired union coal miners will run out. In just a matter of years, the entire United Mine Workers pension plan, which covers nearly 90,000 former coal miners and their widows, may become insolvent.