Energy Report

Read about political actions that affect our region, and see our regular votetrackers to learn how regional legislators vote on environmental and energy issues.



Environmental Protections Targeted

February 10, 2017 The two weeks of Trump's presidency saw executive orders and actions in Congress.


State Politics Across the Region

February 10, 2017 With state legislative sessions underway across the region, here's a preview of some of the environmental bills to look out for.


Environmental Votetracker — Feb/March 2017

February 10, 2017 How Appalachian House and Senate members voted regarding whether to nullify the Stream Protection Rule.


Trump’s Would-Be Coal Comeback Faces Long Odds

December 15, 2016 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.


Voter Turnout in the Mountains

August 11, 2016 Voter turnout for presidential elections has been consistently lower in Appalachia than in the rest of the nation since at least 2004, according to scholars.


Environmental Votetracker — Aug/Sept 2016

August 10, 2016 See how Appalachian congressional representatives voted on several environmental issues during June and July 2016.


The Path of Most Resistance

June 14, 2016 Some of the region's state legislatures and largest utilities have been working to restrict access to solar power and energy efficiency. But clean energy advocates are pushing back.


Environmental Votetracker — June/July 2016

June 14, 2016 See how Appalachian congressional representatives voted on several environmental issues during April and May 2016.


RECLAIMing Central Appalachia

April 19, 2016 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.


Environmental Votetracker — April/May 2016

April 18, 2016 See how Appalachian congressional representatives voted on several environmental issues during February and March 2016.


Environmental Votetracker - Feb/March 2016

February 18, 2016 See how Appalachian congressional representatives voted on several environmental issues in December 2015 and January 2016.


How Congress Controls Regional Spending

December 9, 2015 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.


Appalachia's Environmental Votetracker - Dec. 2015/Jan. 2016

December 9, 2015 See how Appalachian congressional representatives voted on several environmental issues during fall 2015.


Considering Clean Power Compliance

October 16, 2015 From The Appalachian Voice:Almost everyone agrees that the Clean Power Plan is a game changer. Beyond that though, arguments about the climate regulations are often deeply colored by politics and disconnected from the plan’s intention or realistically expected outcomes. Here's how Appalachian states are reacting to the final rule.


Appalachia's Environmental Votetracker: Oct-Nov 2015

October 15, 2015 See how Appalachian congressional representatives voted on several environmental issues during late summer 2015.