Standing up for the Stream Protection Rule

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Countless citizens have worked for years to push for a federal rule that would help safeguard drinking water sources and surface waters in coal-impacted communities. It finally goes into effect today, but Congress and the incoming administration have vowed to kill it. Appalachian Voices, in alliance with others, is standing up to defend the Stream Protection Rule. [ More ]

Aww shucks, y’all …. thanks!

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

We're doing a little victory dance today! Blue Ridge Outdoors' readers voted Appalachian Voices the Best Environmental Organization in 2016. Aww shucks -- thanks everyone. We're committed to living up to the honor in 2017, and beyond. [ More ]

Atlantic Coast Pipeline environmental review falls short

Monday, January 2nd, 2017 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its draft environmental review of the $5 billion Atlantic Coast pipeline last Friday. Unfortunately, the agency ignored evidence that the proposed 600-mile pipeline, spearheaded by Dominion Resources, is not needed and puts lives, communities, drinking water and the climate at unacceptable risk. [ More ]

Connecting the economic dots in Southwest Virginia

Thursday, May 19th, 2016 | Posted by Cat McCue | 1 Comment

More than 300 people turned out for the recent Southwest Virginia Economic Forum hosted by UVA-Wise -- perhaps the largest gathering of people coming together to talk specifically and hopefully about solutions for the region's economic future. A week later, the positive energy coming out of the forum is still palpable in the community, with some feeling it may have been the turning point for the region. [ More ]

A home base in Southwest Virginia

Thursday, February 18th, 2016 | Posted by Cat McCue | 2 Comments

We’re very excited to announce the official opening of our new office in the City of Norton, Va., located in far southwest Virginia, part of the Mountain Empire Here, we’re surrounded by the mountains, forests, rivers and communities we love. [ More ]

Powering Up: Diversifying central Appalachia’s economy

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

From The Appalachian Voice: As coal production continues to decline, many citizens and groups in central Appalachia are working hard to find new avenues for economic diversification. [ More ]

Takin’ 5 with Tony Flaccavento

Saturday, November 28th, 2015 | Posted by Cat McCue | 1 Comment

tonyTony Flaccavento has been a leading voice for sustainable economic development in southwest Virginia for more than two decades. An organic farmer, small businessman and author, Tony has been making a series of short videos exploring the positive forces of localized, sustainable economies. [ More ]

A “golden opportunity” in disguise

Thursday, July 9th, 2015 | Posted by Cat McCue | 2 Comments

AML reportIn 2013, federal funds derived from a per-ton fee on mined coal were distributed to Central Appalachia states for restoring abandoned mine lands. The result was $182 million in economic benefit and 1,317 jobs--plus cleaner streams, and a healthier future for nearby residents. A new report out shows how the federal program should be fixed to yield even better results, and sooner. [ More ]

Pope’s message on climate brings hope for change

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Encyclical-PF-10"...for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life – these are sins." Thus spake Pope Francis today in his "Laudato Si'" letter, the Vatican's first encyclical on the environment. And it's a doozy. [ More ]

Score one for the Clean Power Plan

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today rebuked the first legal challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut global-warming pollution from the nation's power plants. In a straightforward ruling, the court said the states and the industry groups had no legal grounds to challenge EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” since it has yet to be finalized. [ More ]

Many roads lead to clean energy

Monday, March 2nd, 2015 | Posted by Cat McCue | 2 Comments

NAACP_solar.jpgUtilities are cranking more and more electricity onto the grid on extremely cold or hot days -- but too much of that ends up leaking out windows and doors in lower-income housing. As the NAACP points out, energy efficiency and other distributed energy sources are safer, healthier, and more equitable ways of providing electricity, and they have the added bonus of bringing much needed economic opportunity to communities of color. [ More ]

Survey says: Virginians want clean energy

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 | Posted by Cat McCue | 2 Comments

rtd2 A bi-partisan poll released today shows solid support among Virginia voters for the state to develop a plan to cut carbon pollution and shift to cleaner sources of energy. Meanwhile, in Richmond, the General Assembly is heading in the opposite direction, casting votes in favor of dirty fossil fuels. [ More ]


 

 

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