A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Augean Cleanup on Aisle Six

It’s been widely observed that the next president will be left with an enormous cleanup task. At one point, Vice President-elect Joe Biden compared it to cleaning the Augean Stables. He was referring to the humblest of the Twelve Labors

Carbon Emissions to Drop Under VA Climate Plan

Virginia could cut new power plant construction — and save money in the process — under a new plan to reduce carbon emissions and promote energy conservation. The plan emerged from the Governor’s Commission on Climate Change this November, and

Excerpt from a Letter

MEMO TO: President-elect Obama FROM: The Appalachian Alliance Dear President-elect Obama, … We are dealing with the devastating effects of the cycle of coal, from extraction, cleaning, transport, burning and the disposal of coal combustion waste. Coal industry abuse has

Biodiversity in Appalachia’s Future

By Paul L. Angermeier Paul Angermeier is a research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey and a professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA Appalachia is blessed with fantastic biological diversity that is practically invisible to most of us. Biodiversity

The Future of Blair Mountain

By Wess Harris Wess Harris is a former coal miner, a union organizer, a farmer and the editor of When Miners March Blair Mountain is a site that is sacred to American labor, so why not claim it as our

Clean up and renew Appalachia

By George Brosi George Brosi is the Editor of Appalachian Heritage at Berea College, KY The future of Appalachia will be great if we can clean up and renew our infrastructure — in the broad sense of that term.  If

Appalachian Artists and Writers Must Create the Vision of a Healthy Future

By Theresa L. Burriss Theresa L. Burriss is an assistant professor of English and Appalachian studies at Radford University. Burriss also serves as the contributing senior editor of Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture. Appalachia is spiritually bankrupt.

Build on Historic Traditions

By Dr. Jeff Boyer Dr Boyer is a professor in the Anthropology Department and Sustainable Development Program at Appalachian State University Peering into Appalachia’s crystal ball, 20 years out is mostly full of “ifs.” But if the current economic recession

Generating a Renewed Energy Future

By Rory McIlmoil Rory McIlMoil is the Coal River Wind Campaign Coordinator for the Coal River Mountain Watch Through the employment of Mountaintop Removal (MTR) mining methods, the Appalachian coal industry has evolved. Now it is not merely suppressing economic

It’s the Water, Stupid

By Harvard Ayers Harvard Ayers is a professor of Anthropology at Appalachian State University and a founding Board Member of Appalachian Voices. Appalachia has long been the source of water for vast areas both east and west of our region.