November 20, 2021

U.S. makes largest-ever investment in abandoned mine cleanup

We did it, thanks to advocates like you! The infrastructure bill that became law this week reauthorizes the Abandoned Mine Land Program and gives it an $11.3 billion boost. And the Build Back Better Act, which passed the House yesterday, contains critical measures to tackle climate change, bring massive amounts of affordable solar online, and support families and places in the midst of a big economic transition.


Residents near proposed MVP compressor station push back

A Pittsylvania County community is urging the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board to deny a permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline’s proposed Lambert Compressor Station, citing environmental racism.


Cleaning up Justice-family mines would create jobs
Repairing the damage at mines owned by the West Virginia governor and his family would employ 220 to 460 workers for five years.


NC's bad ratepayer bill passed into law

Despite immense pressure, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper signed HB 951 — Duke Energy’s handwritten legislation that will drastically raise rates on families and small businesses — into law.


In a nutshell: A native forage with potential

Those acorns and black walnuts on the forest floor are also a source of nutrition. The Nutty Buddy Collective is tending orchards and processing them into food to foster healthier forests and communities.

Undercover Hero: Jason Carney, aka "The Energizer"

We nominated our partner Jason Carney for the Click & Pledge Foundation “Undercover Hero” video award, and the results are brighter than a solar flare! Watch the video about this stellar individual working in Tennessee to expand solar equity and help fund solar adoption in communities of color.


In Case You Missed It...


Appalachian Voices Membership Meeting

Dec. 8, 6-7 p.m.: Join us virtually to hear directly from staff about our work to ensure an equitable, just, and healthy Appalachia. Everyone interested in our work is welcome!



26th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration

Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-4:15 p.m.: A virtual celebration of arts, traditions, storytelling, language revitalization, contemporary topics and more.


Power Generation:
Cost vs. Benefit

Nov. 23, 12-1:15 p.m or 5:30-6:45 p.m.: Learn how to compare various types of power generation, including costs and benefits, financing, fuel and risk as part of Clean AIRE NC’s Pulling Back the Curtain series.


Protect Our Air,
Our Lives

Nov. 27, 2-4 p.m.: Join friends and neighbors to protect communities from MVP Southgate and the Lambert Compressor Station! Music, food, speakers and workshops. Danville, Va.



Lambert Compressor Station Hearing

Dec. 2, 1 p.m., Dec. 3, 9:30 a.m. Virginia officials will vote on an air permit for MVP's proposed compressor station in Pittsylvania County. Anyone who submitted a public comment during the Lambert comment period earlier this year is eligible to speak.


Tennessee Valley People's Power Training

Dec. 7, 5-7 p.m.: A training to equip leaders in the TVA footprint with the knowledge and skills to organize for clean energy, democracy, equitable bills and more at their local power company.


Return to Needville

Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.: A dramatic reading of Sara Robinson’s poetry book about coal mining’s effects on Southwest Virginia. Free, seating first-come basis. The Colonnades Senior Living Community, 2600 Barracks Rd., Charlottesville, Va. Call (434) 996-3948


Violation Vigil

Dec. 11, 1-3 p.m.: Help give voice to every single MVP water violation in this moving public art project. Learn more and register to participate. Dogwood Dell in Richmond, Va.


MVP Virginia Water Permit Meeting & Vote

Dec. 14, 10 a.m.: The State Water Control Board will vote on the 401 “Water Protection Permit” for Mountain Valley Pipeline. Show up & send the message: DENY the MVP permit!


Building A Clean Energy Future in NC

Dec. 14, 12-1:15 p.m or 5:30-6:45 p.m.: How can we convince Duke Energy to give us more clean energy rather than fracked gas? Discuss this question and more during the final webinar of Clean AIRE NC’s Pulling Back the Curtain series.



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