A huge win: Gainesville enacts policy to stop using mountaintop removal coal

Monday, September 29th, 2014 | Posted by Matt Wasson | 2 Comments

10473369_10204895340603095_18108058309890580_nBecause 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. [ More ]

The People’s Climate March: Hope makes a comeback

Saturday, September 27th, 2014 | Posted by Maggie Cozens | No Comments

1webApproximately 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 ]

We Made History! Highlights from the People’s Climate March

Thursday, September 25th, 2014 | Posted by Kate Rooth | 1 Comment

march5Last 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 ]

Successful Rally at the White House Council on Environmental Quality

Monday, September 15th, 2014 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

15191861772_3decf3bca2 Last week, Appalachian citizens and allies from across the country rallied at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Dana Kuhnline, media coordinator for The Alliance for Appalachia, writes that residents are tired of waiting for the administration to act on promises it made in 2009 and are ready for a just transition to an economy beyond mountaintop removal and other destructive coal practices. [ More ]

To tell the truth

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Tom Cormons | 6 Comments

matt-wasson-congressional-testimony Last month, our director of programs, Matt Wasson, testified before Congress about the perils of mountaintop removal and coal ash pollution, and the failure of some state agencies to protect communities from pollution. While Matt had a rare opportunity to provide a reality check for elected leaders, it’s the people in coal-impacted communities who know this reality better than anyone. [ More ]

Carl Shoupe: Seeing through the “War on Coal” smokescreen

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 3 Comments

4388474014_6cdabe44a7_z"Instead of raging about a made-up war on coal and how to protect coal corporations, Congress should take a closer look at how to really support coal communities," Kentuckians For The Commonwealth member and retired miner Carl Shoupe writes. [ More ]

It’s still happening …

Friday, August 15th, 2014 | Posted by Thom Kay | No Comments

1_still_happening_500mtns Since the mid-1990s, the coal industry has blasted the tops off of more 500 of the oldest, most biologically rich mountains in America, and destroyed more than 2,000 miles of headwater streams. Despite a growing movement of Appalachians and thousands of other citizens rallying to end the destruction, it’s still happening. [ More ]

Mountaintop removal is the 800-pound gorilla at the SOAR Health Impact Series

Thursday, August 14th, 2014 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

SOARHealthMountaintop removal's health impacts were the number one concern of eastern Kentuckians that participated in the SOAR Health Impact Series, but the topic was barely addressed at a recent SOAR gathering in Hazard. If they hope to soar beyond political rhetoric, Rep. Hal Rogers and Gov. Steve Beshear must take those concerns seriously, and support more research into the connections between mountaintop removal and health. [ More ]

Expecting Justice: The backward priorities of a billionaire coal baron

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

10320266_723385017709066_821447761059699020_nIn recent years, outstanding violations and unpaid fines have weighed down coal companies owned by West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice and burdened the communities where they operate. But rather than paying his debts, Justice just spent $30 million to build a lavish sports complex on the grounds of the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. [ More ]

An activist is born

Monday, August 4th, 2014 | Posted by Marissa Wheeler | No Comments

An Appalachian Voices intern attends her first-ever environmental rally and finds a sense of belonging among other advocates calling for clean energy and climate action. "It’s one thing to wear the pins and stickers; it’s another thing to feel empowered by your peers to take action and work towards a common goal," Marissa Wheeler writes. [ More ]

Science vs. Mining

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 | Posted by Eric Chance | No Comments

Over 2,000 miles of streams have been buried by Mountain Top Removal mining, and many more have been degraded. This seems like it should be illegal, but the destructive practice continues. That's why Appalachian Voices has been working to keep the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry from opening up new loopholes in our environmental laws that would make it easier to poison streams. [ More ]

Obama pulls the plug on mountaintop removal study

Monday, July 28th, 2014 | Posted by Thom Kay | No Comments

blastingWhen President Obama first took office, he made a commitment that his agencies would always act on what the science dictated. I guess the way around taking actions, then, is to stop the science from ever being completed. [ More ]


 

 

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