Monday, January 19th, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | 2 Comments
The Virginia General Assembly started last Wednesday, and the stage is set for an interesting couple of months while legislators tussle over a slew of energy bills--some good, and some very, very bad. Here's the rundown...
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Thursday, January 15th, 2015 | Posted by Thom Kay | 5 Comments
It was only a matter of time before the new Congress would commence with its anti-environmental, anti-science agenda. But 24 hours? That we weren't expecting. [ More ]
Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 | Posted by Cat McCue | 1 Comment
The natural gas industry has overwhelmed scores of communities across the country, building miles of new pipelines and erecting huge drilling rigs. Appalachian Voices today launched web pages about efforts to open North Carolina to fracking and proposals to build natural gas pipelines through several Appalachian states, and the growing citizen movement to shift to cleaner energy.
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Thursday, January 8th, 2015 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments
From The Appalachian Voice Online: "Secret Wisdom of the Earth," the debut novel by Christopher Scotton released this week, is a coming-of-age story that takes familiar themes — tragedy and the quest to find healing — and explores them with the backdrop of a Central Appalachian community beset by mountaintop removal coal mining. [ More ]
Thursday, January 8th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Adams | 3 Comments
The long-awaited, first-ever federal rule for regulating toxic coal ash--the second largest waste stream in the U.S.-- was released before the holidays. Appalachian Voices dives into the 700+-page rule and finds, yes, a number of problems, but lo ... some bright spots, too. [ More ]
Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 | Posted by Cat McCue | 1 Comment
Climate activists are giving the W.Va. Board of Education some lessons in how to provide a healthy future for children -- beginning with ensuring kids understand the science behind climate change. [ More ]
Friday, December 26th, 2014 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments
From The Appalachian Voice: In 2009, representatives of the new Obama administration said that “the administration will do what the science calls for.” In Appalachia, the science calls for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining. But six years later, mountaintop removal is still happening. [ More ]
Friday, December 19th, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 1 Comment
The day we've been waiting for has finally come. No, not Friday -- the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to release its long-awaited coal ash rule. But, as expected, the EPA's new rule does not go far enough to truly fix the major pollution problems associated with coal ash including contamination of waterways and drinking water supplies.
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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments
New York’s debate over whether or not to allow fracking came to a close today when Gov. Andrew Cuomo sided with the state’s top public health and environmental officials in calling for a ban on the practice. The announcement was exceptional for the much-needed truth it inserts into the fracking fight that could, just maybe, help other states come to their senses. [ More ]
Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments
Guest Contributor Taylor Allred: Solar fever is sweeping the nation, but not everyone has the opportunity to take advantage of the clean energy opportunity at hand. One promising solution to the obstacles limiting access to solar are community solar projects, which allow individuals to purchase a portion of a larger-scale solar installation that is typically managed by their utility. [ More ]
Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments
A recent order from the Virginia State Corporation Commission could spell trouble for residential and small-scale solar in the state. But there is also reason to have hope as regulators rejected a proposal by Appalachian Power Company to nearly double the fixed fees that show up on its customers' monthly bills. Here's a look at a schizoid rate case and what it could mean for Virginia's energy future. [ More ]
Friday, December 12th, 2014 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments
This coming Monday, HBO will premiere an entirely new documentary series that celebrates the children who will inherit the planet and their appreciation of the wonders of the natural world. A lyrical mix of science, animation, and music, "Saving My Tomorrow" is a call from kids to kids to help take care of the planet.
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