Tracking political news and regional legislator voting records on environmental and energy issues.
Numerous Appalachian coal-bearing communities have passed resolutions calling on federal legislators to pass a bill that would reauthorize a program that funds cleanup of abandoned mine lands.
See how Appalachian legislators at the federal level voted in late 2019.
See how Appalachian legislators at the federal level voted in fall 2019.
A partial summary of President Donald Trump's and his administration's established track record of reducing environmental protections.
See how Appalachian legislators at the federal level voted in June and July 2019.
Politicians like to talk about helping rural Appalachia. The RECLAIM Act is a chance for them to show that they mean it.
See how Appalachian legislators voted on several environmental topics in April and May 2019.
Regional leaders testified in front of a U.S. House subcommittee about strategies to restore abandoned mines and witnesses expressed support for the RECLAIM Act.
New public lands legislation designates 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and more.
The two monopoly utilities contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to North Carolina legislative campaigns in 2018.
With state legislative sessions underway across Appalachia, here are some energy and environmental bills to keep an eye on.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would renew funding for restoring abandoned coal mine sites — but it would also limit a wide swath of environmental protections.
Chart showing how Appalachian legislators voted on recent environmental legislation.
New guidelines from the Trump Administration alongside a congressional package of nine bills would bring massive changes to the Endangered Species Act.
The U.S. House of Representative's version of the 2018 Omnibus Farm Bill would roll back protections for endangered species, water and public lands.