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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

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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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Citizens discuss environmental threats and economic priorities during Congressman’s visit

Stanley Sturgill, of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and Rep. Grijalva view the Looney Ridge Mine.

People from coal-impacted communities across Central Appalachia recently gathered in Wise County, Va., to share their concerns and ideas with U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva.

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All the ways this White House props up coal

President Donald Trump shakes hands with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt after announcing the United States will leave the Paris Climate Accord.

The coal lobby’s influence over the White House is a given at this point — as is the White House’s willingness to put its finger on the scale in favor of our dirtiest, most carbon-packed energy sources.

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Got 90 seconds? Learn how your electric utility can save you money and energy

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What if your home could be fixed up so that you’re cool in the middle of summer, warm in winter, and you have more money every year for things you need? See our new 90-second video and learn how.

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Governor McAuliffe announces cap on carbon pollution in Virginia

Gov. McAuliffe signs Executive Directive 11 with clean energy advocates. Photo by Mary Rafferty.

In the face of a federal administration bent on rolling back key environmental protections and ignoring climate science, Governor McAuliffe took bold action Tuesday to limit greenhouse gas pollution in Virginia.

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20 years of action, innovation and collaboration

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Appalachian Voices is celebrating two decades of bringing people together to stand up for the mountains, for clean rivers and drinking water, for farms, forests and wildlife, and for healthy communities across the Appalachian region.

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