Friday, October 17th, 2014 | Posted by Thom Kay | 2 Comments
The body of research linking mountaintop removal mining to lung cancer just got a whole lot stronger. Using dust samples collected in communities near mountaintop removal mines, a new study conducted by West Virginia University researchers found a direct link between air pollution and tumor growth. [ More ]
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments
The North Carolina Utilities Commission (somehow) decided that even though the legislature cut North Carolina’s corporate income tax rate from 6.9 percent to 5 percent last year, Duke Energy and other public utilities can continue charging customers at 6.9 percent and pocket the difference. Meanwhile, for three consecutive quarters, Duke has received a larger rate of return than authorized by state regulators, or in this case, the utilities commission.
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Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | Posted by Eliza Laubach | No Comments
Did you miss the party? Last Thursday, Energy Savings for Appalachia hosted a launch party for our new campaign focusing on Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp. Energy efficiency advocates and residents facing high energy costs gathered in our downtown Boone office to hear about the campaign and how they can get involved in our outreach efforts. [ More ]
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 | Posted by Thom Kay | 3 Comments
Companies are still using mountaintop removal, blowing up mountains in Appalachia to mine coal. But despite what some say, they are not putting them back together again. Until the Obama administration and Congress take serious action, no amount of reclamation is going to fix the problems the mining is leaving behind. [ More ]
Thursday, October 9th, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 2 Comments
An employee of a state-certified company pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the federal Clean Water Act after he faked compliant water quality samples for coal companies between 2008 and 2013. While we’re appalled by this discovery, it is hard to be surprised.
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Thursday, October 9th, 2014 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments
Appalachian Voices' Energy Savings for Appalachia program is offering NC High Country homeowners a chance to make their homes more energy efficient and save money on their monthly electricity bills for years to come, through the High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest.
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Monday, September 29th, 2014 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | 5 Comments
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Monday, September 29th, 2014 | Posted by Matt Wasson | 3 Comments
Because of the heroic efforts of a group of citizens, Gainesville, Fla., became the first city in America to enact a policy to reduce its reliance on mountaintop removal coal. This victory was the culmination of three and a half years of work that included five hearings by the city commission, hundreds of hours of volunteer work and dozens of meetings with city commissioners.
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Saturday, September 27th, 2014 | Posted by Maggie Cozens | No Comments
Approximately 100 students from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., traveled to New York for the People's Climate March. They joined thousands of other students and passionate youth from across the country who are eager to roll up their sleeves and build a better future. In this post, Maggie Cozens, an Appalachian Voices intern, shares her perspective after participating in the march. [ More ]
Thursday, September 25th, 2014 | Posted by Kate Rooth | 1 Comment
Last weekend, Appalachian Voices joined 400,000 people in New York City for the largest climate march in history. And it was truly inspiring. While massive extractive fossil fuel interests try everything in their power to tighten their grip on our region’s energy future, it’s moments like these that show we are making progress. [ More ]
Monday, September 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Sarah Kellogg | 1 Comment
Earlier this month, concerned citizens gathered in Cullowhee, N.C., for the fourth and final hearing on rules drafted to regulate hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the state. Throughout the series of hearings that began last month, it has been clear that North Carolinians overwhelmingly oppose the practice, and if the state's rush to begin fracking can't be completely stopped, the regulations must be stronger. [ More ]
Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments
Through concerted outreach to East Tennessee electric co-ops and local stakeholders, Appalachian Voices played a key part in making a recent statewide energy efficiency retreat happen. We're excited by the prospect of a statewide energy efficiency financing program in Tennessee, and we remain committed by doing everything we can to see it become successful in the near future. [ More ]