The Front Porch Blog, with Updates from AppalachiaThe Front Porch Blog, with Updates from Appalachia

A historic step backward

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

The Clean Power Plan represented a historic if modest step toward curbing carbon pollution and accelerating the transition to cleaner energy nationwide. Repealing the rule is a historic step backward. [ More ]

The National Mining Association doesn’t speak for coal communities

Thursday, October 5th, 2017 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

The National Mining Association shrugged when a review of research linking mountaintop removal to human health impacts was halted. But the NMA does not speak for coal communities. [ More ]

RECLAIM Act Passes House Natural Resources Committee

Friday, June 30th, 2017 | Posted by Thom Kay | 2 Comments

The RECLAIM Act would accelerate the cleanup of abandoned mines while spurring economic opportunities in coal communities. [ More ]

Cutting carbon pollution in Virginia: Governor McAuliffe should finish what he started

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

In his final year in office, Governor McAuliffe can cement a powerful legacy on climate and the economy by leading the way on environmental protection and climate action. [ More ]

Get out the sunscreen: Solar is coming to Southwest Virginia

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 | Posted by Adam Wells | No Comments

The Southwest Virginia Solar Fair on May 9 in Wise, Va., will be a celebration of the upcoming solar development in Southwest Virginia and brings an emerging and exciting effort full circle. [ More ]

White House budget leaves Appalachia in the dust

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 | Posted by Thom Kay | No Comments

The White House released its budget blueprint last week, and the proposal is nothing short of a disaster for Appalachia and rural communities across the country. Here's a look at a few agencies and programs the White House wants to completely eliminate if it had its way. [ More ]

FERC’s pipeline review process is broken

Monday, February 20th, 2017 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

It’s no secret: oil and gas pipelines have captured the nation’s attention, not to mention the new administration’s. But new research is refuting the industry's pro-pipeline arguments and even a former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is calling for greater scrutiny of proposed natural gas infrastructure projects. [ More ]

Protect natural resources for Southwest Virginia’s future

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

For all my life, the coal economy has ruled this region and its people," writes Ron Short of Danville, Va., in a letter supporting the Stream Protection Rule. "Now we are facing the demise of the coal industry, and we must save the valuable natural resources that we have left if we are ever to develop cultural tourism and eco-tourism as important parts of a new economy that works for everyone." [ More ]

Southwest Virginians speak out against Doe Branch Mine

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

“God gave us the water so we can stay clean, and so we can drink it. I don’t want poison in the water.” Those are the words of 6-year-old Levi Marney, spoken to representatives of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy at a public meeting about the proposed Doe Branch mountaintop removal mine in Haysi. [ More ]

Boone community comes together to tackle energy waste

Thursday, October 20th, 2016 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum | No Comments

At the first-ever Boone Energy Stakeholder Meeting, Appalachian Voices and other stakeholders took an important first step toward identifying solutions that could help tackle the problem of energy waste for the Town of Boone. [ More ]

Speaking up for energy savings

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

A story on We Own It, a national network to help electric cooperative members rediscover their role as owners of a democratically-controlled enterprise, recounts the efforts of Appalachian Voices’ Energy Savings for the High Country campaign — and how we helped members of Blue Ridge Electric get their co-op’s attention on energy efficiency. [ More ]

Announcing the Energy Savings for Appalachia webinar series

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 | Posted by Amber Moodie-Dyer | No Comments

If you happened to miss our first energy efficiency on-bill financing webinar on May 11, don’t despair. You can watch the recording of the webinar, which is the first in a series describing the benefits of on-bill financing entitled “Leveraging Energy Savings: On-bill Financing as an Economic Opportunity in the Southeast.” [ More ]