The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

November 23, 2019

Victory for N.C. clean energy advocates!

Appalachian Voices scored a major win last month when the General Assembly dropped a controversial proposal that would have allowed Duke Energy to raise electricity rates for multiple years at a time.

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New ventures for old coal mines

A coalition of Central Appalachian groups, including Appalachain Voices, has identified 19 old coal sites that are prime opportunities to redevelop as sustainable farms, solar energy sites or other innovative economic ventures with support from federal funding.

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Giants of the Smokies

A former Appalachian Voices intern shares his Thanksgiving Day hike through a treasured grove of old-growth forest in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains.

[ Read about Eric’s journey ]
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What’s your vision for Appalachia?

From Appalachia to the Navajo Nation, communities affected by the changing coal economy are experiencing economic distress, yet innovative ideas are emerging to create new economic opportunities. A collective of coal community leaders, including Appalachian Voices, has launched the National Economic Transition initiative to coordinate a national response to this moment.

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Checklist for community solar policy

Pro-solar policy is crucial to advancing clean, renewable energy. Here’s our summary of what’s needed to bring this key economic driver to towns and counties across the region.

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A threat to protected mountains in Tennessee

A federal agency is considering a proposal for a new surface coal mine in Tennessee's Cumberland Mountains, despite the fact that in 2016, that same agency declared most of the area in question off-limits to surface mining.

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Standing strong in N.C. against fracked gas

Last week, dozens of North Carolinians turned out at two different events to rally for environmental justice and to speak out against harmful fossil fuel projects being built in the state.

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“Wild Sunday” at Chief Logan Lodge
Visit Chief Logan State Park every Sunday for different wildlife presentations and activities for all ages. Logan, W.Va.

Lunch and Learn: Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
Nov. 26:
Join your friends and neighbors for a discussion on planned fracked-gas infrastructure, Gov. Northam’s proposed clean energy plan and more. Richmond, Va.

Opt Outside Black Friday Hike
Nov. 29:
Visit Frozen Head State Park for an 8-mile hike to the firetower and back. Shorter hikes available. Wartburg, Tenn.

After Thanksgiving Ramble
Nov. 30:
Walk off the turkey with a park ranger on a 3-mile hike at Grandfather Mountain State Park. Banner Elk, N.C.

All About Owls
Dec. 6:
Learn about owls and dissect owl pellets on this guided hike through Lake James State Park. Nebo, N.C.

2019 General Assembly Preview
Dec. 7:
Learn about priority environmental topics and policy in preparation for Virginia’s 2020 General Assembly session. Richmond, Va., and various watch parties across the state.

Storybook Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Dec. 7:
Visit David Crockett Birthplace State Park for the opening of the new family-friendly Storybook Trail. Limestone, Tenn.

Bringing People Power to the Utilities Commission
Dec. 9:
Register for this webinar to find out when, where and how to stand up to Duke Energy’s rate hikes.

Protect your Vote!
Dec. 10:
Join the League of Women Voters for a discussion on election laws, campaign finance rules and more. Huntington, W.Va.

Talk on TVA and our Energy Future
Dec. 12:
Join Appalachian Voices and other organizers of the Energy Democracy Tour to discuss changes you’d like to see to TVA. Food and drinks provided. Clairfield, Tenn.

Auxier Ridge Dayhike
Dec. 14:
Enjoy this beautiful winter hike in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Stanton, Ky.

Environmental Calendar of Events
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