Clean Water Laws Wrestle With Coal

Friday, September 4th, 2015 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

From The Appalachian Voice: America’s environmental regulations have hampered the coal industry to varying degrees for decades, and though those rules can protect communities from pollution, the law alone is often not able to secure clean water. Here are some of the trouble spots. [ More ]

Decent news for N.C. solar power

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

According to a report by Environment North Carolina, the state ranks fourth nationally for installed photovoltaic solar power in 2013. The N.C. Utilities Commission's decision to renew a set of rules governing the contracts between electric utilities and independent power producers allows the state's solar developers to begin the new year on steady footing. [ More ]

Fighting Mountaintop Removal During the Obama Years

Friday, December 26th, 2014 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

MTR_ky2013 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 ]

’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 ]

Get Ready: Confronting Carbon Pollution

Friday, May 30th, 2014 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

outsource_newsThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to reduce climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s existing power plants are expected to be unveiled on Monday, June 2. For environmental news junkies like us, this is the equivalent of the Super Bowl pre-game show. See what the buzz is about, and read our coverage of the rules in The Appalachian Voice. [ More ]

Discover the Latest Issue of The Appalachian Voice

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

cover As the cover photo indicates, the latest issue of The Appalachian Voice features coverage of the ongoing water crisis in West Virginia water crisis, but there is much more Appalachia-inspired content inside too -- from pieces sharing seasonal ways to enjoy the beauty of Appalachia to stories about significant points in our past such the TVA disaster, which occurred 5-years ago this past December. Here's a rundown of featured stories you'll find in this issue of The Voice. [ More ]

The War on Poverty at 50

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

On this day 50 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson sat on a front porch of a weary-looking eastern Kentucky home and declared war on poverty. At the time, one in three Appalachians were considered poor. The poverty rate in the region is now closer to the national average — 16.1 percent in Appalachia compared to 14.3 percent nationally — but, as you might suspect, those statistics tell only part of the story. Economic disparities between Appalachian counties and sub-regions remain high, and, as it was in 1964, eastern Kentucky remains a focal point. [ More ]

27 Visionaries: Stories of Regional Changemakers

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

Doug Estepp is one of many regional visionaries highlighted in the current issue of  The Appalachian Voice When the battlefield on Blair Mountain was removed from the National Historic Register in 2009, West Virginia resident Doug Estepp was outraged. As the site of a landmark uprising of coal miners in 1921, Estepp reasoned that tourism centered around the state’s compelling history could be a source of sustainable economic diversification and also help raise awareness of the region’s stories and struggles. After Blair Mountain was delisted, Estepp decided that it was time to make that vision a reality.
[ More ]

Court to EPA: Get Moving on Coal Ash!

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 | Posted by Molly Moore | 4 Comments

Too Close For Comfort? The Asheville Steam Station's coal ash ponds loom over nearby neighborhoods.

Too close for comfort? The Asheville Steam Station’s coal ash ponds loom over nearby neighborhoods.

Last week, a federal judge agreed with environmental and public health groups that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to set federal regulations for the safe and proper disposal of toxic coal ash.

The court order is a step forward for Appalachian Voices and other environmental groups who went to court in 2012 regarding the EPA’s failure to finalize regulations for coal ash disposal that were proposed in 2010.

Yet, at the same time that a lawsuit about the EPA’s rulemaking timeline is moving forward, 93 percent of the agency’s staff is furloughed because of the government shutdown.

More ...

Resourceful and Resilient: June/July issue of The Appalachian Voice celebrates farmers

Friday, June 21st, 2013 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

Farmers Holly Whitesides and Andy Bryant grace the cover of the June/July 2013 issue.

Farmers Holly Whitesides and Andy Bryant grace the cover of the June/July 2013 issue.

From determined Virginia cattle farmers to entrepreneurial vegetable growers in eastern Kentucky, the latest issue of The Appalachian Voice showcases the resourcefulness and resilience of our mountain farmers.

In our features, Today’s Farming Frontier looks at how growers are adapting to changing markets. A special three-page section explores Appalachian farm ownership. In A Matter of Self-Preservation, writer Matt Grimley explores how aspiring farmers are struggling for land access and the ways family farmers are passing down the business. He examines the issue from a land ownership point of view in Making it Last, where he studies how aging farmers can plan for their farm’s future.

States have consistenty failed to protect water resources from toxic coal ash. But the U.S. House of Representatives just passed a bill to prevent the EPA from doing anything about it.

States have consistenty failed to protect water resources from toxic coal ash. But the U.S. House of Representatives just passed a bill to prevent the EPA from doing anything about it.

Former Appalachian Voices editorial intern Davis Wax explores the controversial aftermath of pesticide use in Toxic Legacy: Yesterday’s Pesticides, Today’s Problem. And in Addressing Food Insecurity, writer David Brewer speaks with some of the movers-and-shakers who are working to close the gap between healthy, local food and the consumers who need it most.

In addition to those farm-oriented features, we take several shorter looks at trends in Appalachian agriculture. Our editorial intern Alix John discovers the world of seed-saving and heirloom plants, and Brian Sewell examines how climate change might impact farming in our region, and surveys the growth of Appalachian agritourism.

More ...

The Dollars and Sense of Energy Savings

Thursday, April 25th, 2013 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

Using electricity wisely is vital for Appalachia, a region that has borne the burdens of our national appetite for cheap energy. Unlocking the Southeast’s vast energy savings potential could be the key to forging a cleaner, greener future.

That’s the premise behind The Dollars and Sense of Energy Savings, our first-ever issue devoted to electricity conservation. This April/May issue is stuffed with 28 pages of stories, profiles and resources. The Appalachian Voice is available free on newsstands across the region, and is delivered to the mailboxes of Appalachian Voices members.

We begin with Power to the People, which takes a broad look at how different electricity providers approach energy efficiency — hint: companies such as Duke Energy have very different motivations than member-owned electric cooperatives. While researching the story Powering With Change, Matt Grimley discovers how member-owned electric cooperatives in South Carolina are finding ways to help homeowners trim utility bills while strengthening the cooperative as a whole.

More ...

The Appalachian Voice — February/ March issue

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 | Posted by Molly Moore | 1 Comment

At grocery stores, coffee shops and libraries throughout the region, newsstands are filling up with spring peepers. We’ve chosen this little frog as the cover celebrity for “The Silent Majority” — the countless creatures that share our treasured Appalachian Mountains with us.

This issue of The Appalachian Voice is dedicated to understanding how the region’s wildlife are faring and listening to what they’re trying to tell us. We also feature a four-page politics pull-out section on some of the loudest voices in Appalachia, our representatives in Washington and our state legislatures.

More ...



The Front Porch Blog