A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Tracking political news and regional legislator voting records on environmental and energy issues.



Environmental Votetracker — April/May 2017

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


Environmental Protections Targeted

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


State Politics Across the Region

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

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


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.


Voter Turnout in the Mountains

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

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


The Path of Most Resistance

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

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


RECLAIMing Central Appalachia

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

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


Environmental Votetracker - Feb/March 2016

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


How Congress Controls Regional Spending

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

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


Considering Clean Power Compliance

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.