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Environmental Votetracker — April/May 2017

Appalachian legislators

How Appalachian House and Senate members voted regarding several environmental issues in February and March.

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Trump’s Would-Be Coal Comeback Faces Long Odds

President-elect Donald Trump has expressed his support of the coal industry. Less clear is how he will attempt to revive the struggling sector — or how he will confront the collateral damage to human health, the environment and the climate that could result.

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Environmental Votetracker — June/July 2016

See how Appalachian congressional representatives voted on several environmental issues during April and May 2016.

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RECLAIMing Central Appalachia

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A rare bipartisan proposal aims to tackle two pressing issues related to the flailing coal industry — the need for new economic opportunities in central Appalachia and repairing environmental damage from decades of mining.

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Environmental Votetracker — April/May 2016

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See how Appalachian congressional representatives voted on several environmental issues during February and March 2016.

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Environmental Votetracker – Feb/March 2016

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See how Appalachian congressional representatives voted on several environmental issues in December 2015 and January 2016.

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How Congress Controls Regional Spending

Polluted water flows from a reclaimed surface mine in Kentucky. The congressional appropriations process could affect whether regulators can finalize a new rule designed to protect waterways from some of the damage caused by coal mining. Photo by Matt Wasson

The federal appropriations process determines how much funding is allocated to specific agencies, and could have big implications for efforts to protect Appalachian streams from mining and efforts to support a more diverse and sustainable regional economy.

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Appalachia’s Environmental Votetracker – Dec. 2015/Jan. 2016

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See how Appalachian congressional representatives voted on several environmental issues during fall 2015.

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Student leaders support the POWER+ Plan

Members of the eastern Kentucky Appalachian Renaissance Initiative at Whitesburg City Hall. Photo courtesy of ARI.

Yesterday, a group of student leaders in eastern Kentucky took a commendable step in support of Central Appalachia’s youth and economic future. By a unanimous vote, the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative Student Senate passed a resolution of support for the Obama administration’s POWER+ Plan.

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Appalachia’s Environmental Votetracker: Oct-Nov 2015

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See how Appalachian congressional representatives voted on several environmental issues during late summer 2015.

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