Friday, July 11th, 2014 | Posted by Thom Kay | 4 Comments
A 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 ]
Friday, July 11th, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments
A 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 ]
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 | Posted by Matt Wasson | 1 Comment
A 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 ]
Friday, June 27th, 2014 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments
Nick 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 ]
Friday, June 27th, 2014 | Posted by Kara Dodson | 1 Comment
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 ]
Thursday, June 26th, 2014 | Posted by Chloe Crabtree | 2 Comments
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 ]
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | 1 Comment
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.
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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments
On 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 ]
Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 | Posted by Thom Kay | No Comments
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 ]
Monday, June 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Ann League | No Comments
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.
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Monday, June 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Kimber Ray | No Comments
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 ]
Friday, June 20th, 2014 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments
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.
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