The Front Porch Blog, with Updates from AppalachiaThe Front Porch Blog, with Updates from Appalachia

Rising resistance to pipelines

Friday, June 8th, 2018 | Posted by Tom Cormons | 4 Comments

Resistance to the fracked-gas Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines is growing, crossing all sorts of divides. Government agencies and officials supporting the projects are on the wrong side of history. [ More ]

Holding pipeline profiteers accountable

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 | Posted by Tom Cormons | 1 Comment

The fossil fuel industry and monopoly utilities will not turn easily from their money-making course. We citizens must continue to hold them accountable. [ More ]

This time, our elected representatives must tell Dominion ‘No’

Monday, January 22nd, 2018 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

Dominion Energy’s impressive profits stem from its great success at shaping the state laws governing its activities. Now the company is back at the General Assembly asking for more special treatment with a legislative package that favors more profits at consumers expense in the long run. [ More ]

Defending our vision for Appalachia

Friday, January 20th, 2017 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

In our view, the new administration’s approach to environmental protection and national energy policy is dangerously shortsighted. We will do everything we can to see that the laws protecting our natural heritage and the communities of Appalachia are enforced, and not be distracted from our vision for a healthy, sustainable future for our region and beyond. We know you’ll stand with us during this uncertain time. [ More ]

Happy Holidays from our family to yours

Friday, December 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

A special note from Executive Director Tom Cormons wishing you a happy holiday season and looking forward to 2017. [ More ]

What we do now — a note from Executive Director Tom Cormons

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

I believe deeply in Appalachian Voices’ longstanding mission to bring people together for the well-being of Appalachian communities, our shared natural heritage and our children’s futures. In stark contrast, the presidential election has underscored and exaggerated our differences, overshadowing the many fundamental values we share. But being discouraged is not an option. Instead, we must join together like never before. [ More ]

We stand together

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

An important message from our executive director, Tom Cormons: Today, more than ever, we need to stand together and support each other to defend the health of Appalachia’s communities, our irreplaceable natural heritage, and the future of the planet. We know you are with us. [ More ]

Saying no to a fracked-gas future

Monday, October 24th, 2016 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

From the West Coast to the Dakotas to Appalachia, our country is at an energy crossroads. We can continue building up fossil fuel infrastructure, like the massive fracked-gas pipelines being proposed, degrading our treasured landscapes and waterways, and posing health and safety risks to thousands of families. Or, we can invest in truly clean energy, create jobs, curb climate impacts and build a sustainable future. The choice is clear. [ More ]

Democracy 24/7/365

Sunday, August 21st, 2016 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

Our democratic responsibility should not be confined just to voting on Election Day. We have opportunities throughout the year to participate; whether it’s speaking before our town council, meeting with our congressional representatives, writing a letter-to-the-editor, attending a rally or signing an online petition, each action represents a voice or idea that would otherwise not be heard. [ More ]

Big steps for Energy Savings for Appalachia

Friday, May 20th, 2016 | Posted by Tom Cormons | 1 Comment

We launched our “Energy Savings for Appalachia” program in 2013 with high hopes of making home energy-efficiency improvements more affordable for more area residents. We reached a major milestone in April when Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp. (BRE), a rural electric cooperative in western North Carolina, announced a new financing option for its members. [ More ]

Renewing the promise of Appalachia

Friday, March 18th, 2016 | Posted by Tom Cormons | 6 Comments

There’s more than wildflowers budding in Appalachia as spring comes to the mountains this year. We are witnessing the proliferation of efforts big and small to stabilize and revitalize local economies as the coal industry declines. And the conversations continue expanding outward, bringing together an increasingly broad cross-section of residents and stakeholders. [ More ]

Our hope for the year ahead

Friday, January 22nd, 2016 | Posted by Tom Cormons | 1 Comment

Appalachian Voices is beginning 2016 stronger than ever and positioned to advance a positive future for the region we all love. Standing with citizens from across Appalachia and from all walks of life, we are hard at work and have high hopes for the year ahead. [ More ]