What do cooperatives have to do with economic justice?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

The nonprofit WeOwnIt initiative was established in 2015 to create a national network for cooperative members of all sectors to have the rights, education and tools to implement organizing practices. This year, WeOwnIt is concentrating efforts towards electric co-ops. [ More ]

A growing mine is a growing problem for the Russell Fork River

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

The history of the Doe Branch mine in Southwest Virginia is long and complicated, and its future remains unclear. A bankruptcy saga with the mine’s previous owner stalled development in the past year, but things appear to be getting back on track — putting the Russell Fork River at risk. [ More ]

Atlantic Coast Pipeline could face further delays

Friday, September 9th, 2016 | Posted by Elizabeth E. Payne | 1 Comment

In a letter sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 1, the U.S. Forest Service voiced concerns that the proposed route for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline could threaten several streams in the George Washington National Forest. [ More ]

Revitalizing Appalachia from the ground up

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 | Posted by Thom Kay | 1 Comment

In February, a bill was introduced in Congress that would expedite funding to clean up old coal mining sites and redevelop them specifically to foster economic growth. The RECLAIM Act is now in committee and the language is expected to change a bit in the coming weeks. As Congress considers those changes, lawmakers should look to communities impacted by the coal industry, in Appalachia and across the country, whose perspective is vital to the bill's success. [ More ]

O’ TVA where art thou?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 | Posted by Amy Kelly | No Comments

The Tennessee Valley Authority was created in the 1930s to bring cheap electricity to the most rural reaches of the Tennessee River valley. Almost a century later, many residents are struggling to pay electric bills that can be hundreds of dollars a month for their modest homes. Utility-sponsored financing to help with energy-efficiency improvements would go a long way. [ More ]

Citizen action leads to closure of KD#2 mountaintop removal mine

Friday, August 26th, 2016 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

After two years of pressure from citizens, West Virginia permanently halted mining at the KD#2 mountaintop removal coal mine. But the mine has already damaged land and water. This guest post features a statement from the Kanawha Forest Coalition. [ More ]

Do-It-Yourself tips for energy efficiency: Heating & Cooling

Friday, August 26th, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Education is a key part of our work, and one way we are helping residents lower their energy costs is by creating and sharing some short videos with Do-It-Yourself energy efficiency tip. This video features John Kidda, founder and President of reNew Homes, Inc., in Boone, N.C., discusses programmable thermostats as a way to save on heating and cooling. [ More ]

Energy bill acrobatics

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 | Posted by Lou Murrey | No Comments

For the Schmidt family of Tazewell, Tennessee, managing their budget is a balancing act, and one they have become very good at. But high electric bills--up to $300 in the winter--makes that balance tricky to maintain, sometimes leaving very little for emergency funds, much less for the home repairs they need that could actually lower their energy use. [ 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 ]

Atlantic Coast Pipeline backers head to North Carolina

Monday, August 15th, 2016 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 1 Comment

While North Carolina is rightfully focused on the coal ash scandal, another environmental tug-of-war is strengthening in some of the state’s poorest areas. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would cut 170 miles through eastern N.C. where a quarter to a third of people live in poverty. And this is precisely why these types of projects are placed in low-income communities: to reduce the chance of resistance. [ More ]

Rebukes, a resignation and more reasons to worry about coal ash in NC

Thursday, August 11th, 2016 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 1 Comment

Where does the war of words over coal ash health advisories leave North Carolinians with contaminated drinking water? Exactly where they were before: as distrustful of DEQ and DHHS as they are of their water’s safety. But in the battle between state employees and the McCrory administration, residents are clear on who they trust. [ More ]

Norton’s walk along the river

Monday, August 8th, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In the Southwest Virginia city of Norton, Appalachian Voices is supporting a project that would enhance recreation along the Guest River and clean up an abandoned coal tipple that is both an eyesore and a source of pollution. [ More ]


 

 

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