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

A watershed moment in Virginia’s energy politics

Thursday, March 15th, 2018 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

A groundswell of citizen pressure and efforts by Appalachian Voices and other groups on Dominion's rate bill disrupted "business as usual" in this year's Virginia General Assembly. [ More ]


Still on hold: Few answers on review of mountaintop removal health impacts

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 | Posted by Erin Savage | 3 Comments

More than a year into the Trump administration, a director for the Office of Surface Mining has yet to be confirmed. And it's unlikely that Trump's pro-coal pick will reinstate a review of the human health impacts of mountaintop removal. [ More ]


With your help, Virginia legislation can protect our water from pipelines

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

We’ve resisted the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines for more than three years. Now Virginia lawmakers need to hear our voices to ensure that legislation to better protect landowners and water resources from fracked-gas pipelines becomes law. [ More ]


EPA holds lone hearing on Clean Power Plan repeal

Friday, December 1st, 2017 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | 15 Comments

By holding only one public hearing for the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, Scott Pruitt is once again working against the EPA's mission of protecting human health and the environment. [ More ]


Trump’s war on reality

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 1 Comment

To revive coal and ignore climate change, the White House must wage war on reality itself. [ More ]


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 ]


Citizens discuss environmental threats and economic priorities during Congressman’s visit

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

People from coal-impacted communities across Central Appalachia recently gathered in Wise County, Va., to share their concerns and ideas with U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva. [ More ]


All the ways this White House props up coal

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 2 Comments

The coal lobby’s influence over the White House is a given at this point — as is the White House’s willingness to put its finger on the scale in favor of our dirtiest, most carbon-packed energy sources. [ More ]


Governor McAuliffe announces cap on carbon pollution in Virginia

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

In the face of a federal administration bent on rolling back key environmental protections and ignoring climate science, Governor McAuliffe took bold action Tuesday to limit greenhouse gas pollution in Virginia. [ More ]


Environmental regulations didn’t cause coal’s decline — and rollbacks won’t save it.

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 | Posted by Elizabeth E. Payne | No Comments

Despite his repeated promises to do so, President Trump is unlikely to revive the coal industry through federal policy, and CEOs of electric utilities and coal mining companies know it. [ 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 ]


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 ]