Today’s court decision and what it means for Appalachia

Friday, July 11th, 2014 | Posted by Thom Kay | 4 Comments

good_day_for_mtns2A major ruling in favor of the EPA says the agency has the authority to coordinate with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers when reviewing permits for mountaintop removal mines. The EPA has the legal authority, scientific evidence, and moral obligation to block every mountaintop removal permit that comes through its doors. We all share the responsibility of making sure it does just that. [ More ]

Court sides with EPA on science-based mountaintop removal permitting

Friday, July 11th, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

4535374630_be9af60ec8_zA ruling by U.S. Court of Appeals today is as clear as the science indicting mountaintop removal coal mining, and affirms what advocates working to end the destruction of Appalachian mountains and streams have been saying for years. [ More ]

One fish, two fish … Dead fish

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 | Posted by Matt Wasson | 1 Comment

onefish_twofishA study from researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) published this month provides strong new evidence that mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia is devastating downstream fish populations. Fortunately, the Obama administration has an opportunity to take meaningful action to protect Appalachian streams. [ More ]

Parallels between New England whalers and Appalachian coal miners

Friday, June 27th, 2014 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

WhalingVoyage_ca1848_byRussell_and_Purrington_detail_NewBedfordWhalingMuseum8Nick Mullins, a former Va. coal miner, discovers the parallels between New England whalers from two centuries ago and the current conundrum facing Appalachia's coal mining community. Nick and his family are journeying around the east this summer on the "Breaking Clean Tour" to raise public awareness of mountaintop removal mining, and learn about more sustainable paths to prosperity. [ More ]

Stories from South Central Regional Jail, WV

Friday, June 27th, 2014 | Posted by Kara Dodson | 1 Comment

Poisoned Water Comic The January spill of the coal-processing chemical MCHM in West Virginia poisoned the tap water of some 300,000 people. Stories are now emerging that some of them were inmates at the regional jail who were denied access to ample, clean water. [ More ]

Mountain Justice Summer – 10 Years Strong!

Thursday, June 26th, 2014 | Posted by Chloe Crabtree | 2 Comments

Appalachian Voices staff and interns working on biking trails near Norton, Va., with Shayne Fields. Mountain Justice Summer Camp, a week-long gathering of Appalachian advocates, celebrated its 10th anniversary this month. Appalachian Voices Grassroots Organizing Intern Chloe Crabtree reflects on the experience and what it means to act. [ More ]

The Power of Energy Efficiency — Building a Stronger Economy for Appalachia (Part 4)

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | 1 Comment

mountain_electric This is the fourth installment in a five-part series illustrating the need for greater investments in residential energy efficiency as an economic driver in rural Appalachia. In this post, we explore the history and role of rural electric cooperatives, and explain why they should be doing more to help their members reduce their energy bills, and how they can overcome any barriers they face. [ More ]

’80s Flashback: Dr. Hansen’s carbon dioxide warning

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration's 2013 International Energy OutlookOn this date in 1988, Dr. James Hansen of NASA testified about the scientific evidence clearly linking carbon dioxide to global climate shifts before a Congressional committee. But Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry Be Happy" was one of the top tunes of the time and that attitude drowned out climate scientists for years. Twenty-six years later, America is beginning to take Hansen's warning seriously. [ More ]

O, to have the bully pulpit of Congress

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 | Posted by Thom Kay | No Comments

rahall Rep. Nick Rahall -- like too many others in Congress -- apparently sees no problem using that forum to spout untruths and fabrications to further his own agenda. In this case, he mischaracterizes the EPA's veto of a permit for one of the largest mountaintop removal mines in the region in order to safeguard Appalachia's waters and communities. [ More ]

Tennessee sprouting up as a leader in home energy efficiency

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Ann League | No Comments

bigstock-Energy-saving-with-green Summer has arrived in Tennessee. Gardens are starting to produce a bounty of flowers and veggies. The longing for home grown tomatoes will soon be satisfied, and energy efficiency prospects are springing up all across the volunteer state. It's exciting to see Tennessee sowing the seeds of a sustainable energy efficiency program, and we couldn't be prouder to be part of this effort. [ More ]

From farm to fork to mountain trails: summer edition of The Appalachian Voice

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Kimber Ray | No Comments

JuneJuly2014_coversmall-302-350 Dive into summer with the June/July issue of The Appalachian Voice, featuring ecotourism attractions in southwest Virginia, destination farmers markets and environmental news coverage. Learn about genetically modified organisms and what some common labels really mean about your food. Investigate the issues surrounding coal, coal ash and carbon dioxide. This latest mountain news reporting encourages you to get out and explore your community. [ More ]

Amplifying citizens’ voices

Friday, June 20th, 2014 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

epa3 Earlier this month, a group of Appalachian citizens traveled to Washington, D.C., to tell members of Congress and Obama administration officials how mountaintop removal coal mining has contaminated drinking water, poisoned streams, polluted air, and devastated local economies in their communities. Judging by the reaction, their stories hit home with many of these decision makers. [ More ]


 

 

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