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Monogamous and territorial – my common traits with woodpeckers

Photo by Mark Moschell/Flickr

Living in Virginia, it’s easy to take the Blue Ridge Mountains for granted. But if you pay attention, there’s a mystery to them that many don’t appreciate — including the companies who want to build natural gas pipelines through them.

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In Tennessee, Powell Valley Electric Co-op members speak out

Bee keepers in Claiborne Co., Tenn.

Electric co-ops are governed by boards who are democratically elected, and therefore supposedly responsive to their customers, who are also co-owners of these utilities. The Powell Valley Electric Cooperative in east Tennessee has stirred grave concern with its herbicide spraying policy, and members are speaking out.

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The fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is not over

Citizens protest the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

As expected, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently gave a glowing review to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, overlooking the threats to wetlands, forest, drinking waters and indigenous populations along the pipeline’s proposed route.

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Keeping the mountain in Coal River Mountain

Aerial view of a portion of the Middle Ridge permit taken in April 2017.

Local groups like Coal River Mountain Watch and Kanawha Forest Coalition are critical to protecting communities living near mountaintop removal mines in West Virginia. Appalachian Voices is helping them monitor mining activities and permits.

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A summer of learning and organizing against pipelines

Virginia Grassroots Organizing Assistant Max Rooke (left) at an event with Virginia Field Organizer Lara Mack.

This is the last day of my internship with Appalachian Voices. But even though my formal time here is over, I plan to continue fighting for clean water.

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Virginia inches closer to a carbon market

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Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality is developing a rule that could significantly limit carbon emissions from power plants in the commonwealth. Developing a carbon trading program would be a sound option.

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RECLAIM Act Passes House Natural Resources Committee

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The RECLAIM Act would accelerate the cleanup of abandoned mines while spurring economic opportunities in coal communities.

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County commissioners pass resolutions to support energy efficiency

Buncombe County’s Board of Commissioners

Buncombe County, N.C. passed a resolution encouraging the local electric cooperative to develop a program that would help thousands of people in the area afford home energy efficiency improvements.

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USFS to hold open houses on North Carolina Forest Plan revisions

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This summer, the U.S. Forest Service will host a series of open houses in western North Carolina as part of its 15-year planning process for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.

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New renewable energy options for French Broad co-op members

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Today’s guest blogger Alex Arnold focuses on a new policy from French Broad electric co-op in western North Carolina that promotes residential renewable energy generation, including solar energy

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