The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

November 24, 2017

Virginia passes draft rule to cut carbon

The state Air Pollution Control Board has approved draft regulations to cut carbon pollution from power plants in the state. The unanimous vote indicates the board's recognition of the importance of this critical step toward addressing Virginia's contributions to climate change.

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History and treasures of the Blue Ridge Parkway

In the Oct./Nov. issue of The Appalachian Voice, history professor Dr. Anne Mitchell Whisnant describes the complicated history of the celebrated Blue Ridge Parkway, and our editorial interns share some of the hidden treasures along the road's 469 miles.

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Can we get a do-over on pipelines?

Appalachian Voices and others are calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to re-examine its October approval of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines — risky fracked-gas projects that are wholly unnecessary.

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Trump's war on reality

It's been just over a year since the 2016 presidential election, when Donald Trump's promises to revive coal helped him carry Appalachia. To revive coal and ignore climate change, the White House hopes dishonesty and sheer persistence will win the day.

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Coal insider picked for oversight agency

The White House has nominated Steve Gardner to head the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement, but, as a career coal executive, he is not the person Appalachian communities need to protect and advance their future.

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"Alt-facts" on coal ash in N.C.

The latest news over Duke Energy's handling of the coal ash crisis in North Carolina has many impacted citizens worried - but perhaps not shocked at the utility's ongoing duplicity on the issue.

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Appalachian Voices Annual Membership Meeting

Join us Thurs., Nov. 30 to learn more about our work to advance a clean energy future for the region. Participate in one of our offices: Boone, N.C., Charlottesville, Va., Knoxville, Tenn. or Norton, Va.



Rally in Richmond to Stop the Pipelines

Saturday, Dec. 2
Show state leaders that Virginians are unified in support of clean water and against the pipelines at the "Water is Life Rally & Concert."

 

CALENDAR of EVENTS

Sierra Club CPP People's Hearing
Nov. 28: Help the Sierra Club tell the EPA to not repeal the Clean Power Plan. Charleston, W.Va.
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Appalachian Voices Solar Roadmap
Public Webinar

Nov. 29:
Learn about our Economy Team's plan to bring solar to Southwest Virginia.
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Appalachian Voice Volunteer Night
Nov. 29:
Eat pizza and help prepare The Appalachian Voice for distribution! Boone, N.C.
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Christmas in Old Appalachia
Dec. 2-24:
Celebrate traditional holidays at the Museum of Appalachia. Clinton, Tenn.
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Energy Efficiency Volunteer Night
Dec. 6:
Help the Appalachian Voices Energy Savings Team communicate the importance of energy efficiency. Boone, N.C.
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VA Water Control Board Meeting on MVP
Dec. 6-7:
Tell state officials to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline in the water control board's final public hearing. Richmond, Va.
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Kingston, TN Coal Plant Water Pollution Permit Hearings
Dec. 7:
Tell regulators to keep toxic coal waste out of Tennessee water! Sessions in Knoxville (1:30-3:30 p.m.) and Kingston (6-8 p.m.)
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VA Water Control Board Meeting on ACP
Dec. 11-12:
Tell state officials to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in the water control board's final public hearing. Richmond, Va.
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118th Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Dec. 14-Jan. 5:
Become a citizen scientist by hiking park trails to identify as many birds as possible.
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Duke Energy Rate Hike Hearings
Jan. 16, 24, 30:
Tell the N.C. Utilities Commission to refuse Duke Energy Carolinas' 16.7 percent rate hike.

Environmental Calendar of Events
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