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Duke Energy’s Carbon Plan falls far short

Duke Energy Center

Duke Energy would miss important deadlines for reducing carbon emissions and continue relying on polluting fuels if it’s inadequate Carbon Plan moves forward.

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Current mine clean-up laws aren’t meeting the challenge of the situation

The system to ensure that surface mines get cleaned up and restored is under intense strain as the coal industry declines, leading to dangerous conditions at many mines and putting taxpayers at risk of having to foot the bill eventually.

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The road to stopping MVP: Spring 2022 update

The fight against MVP continues with a coalition committed to ending this dangerous and unnecessary project.

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Boone residents and students celebrate a win in the fight for solar energy!

Solar panels on a private home, photo courtesy of Pete Beverly/NREL

The community of Boone, North Carolina, celebrated a small victory when the local utility, New River Light and Power, announced in March it would rescind its proposed annual $99 fee for solar customers!

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Groups urge Biden and Congress to ensure climate action helps coal-impacted communities

Congress is working on a clean-energy package. Groups across Appalachia want to make sure these investments benefit communities long hurt by coal and power plant pollution improve their economic fortunes.

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Program seeking to link work on abandoned mine land with economic development could be improved

The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition has put out a list of 10 recommendations to improve the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization Grant Program so this money is more equitably distributed and focused on transformative projects for coal-impacted communities.

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Pushing for transparency and equitable outcomes in North Carolina’s Carbon Plan

Duke Energy’s approach to the carbon reduction plan is long on fossil fuels and short on concern for public input and affordability.

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The Mountain Valley Pipeline is far from inevitable

mountain valley pipeline

MVP backers and supporters like to say the pipeline is 90% complete. That just isn’t true — and many hurdles stand in the way of this dangerous pipeline. Find out more in this blog post from us and our partners Sierra Club and the POWHR Coalition.

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Webinar series to explore coal impacts and just transition issues

Mountaintop removal mine

Appalachian Voices is working with our partners in the RECLAIM Coalition to put on a series of educational webinars this spring that will take an in-depth look at a number of issues related to coal mine cleanup and economic transition in coal-impacted communities.

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Getting federal dollars to the communities that need them most

map shows several Appalachian states mottled with gray

An early version of a new mapping tool from the Biden administration highlights communities facing climate and environmental justice challenges. This tool will help determine how federal dollars are spent, so we need you to help make sure that the map is correct!

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