The Front Porch Blog, with Updates from AppalachiaThe Front Porch Blog, with Updates from Appalachia

North Carolina Utilities Commission should make the right decision on Duke’s Carbon Plan

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

Why do legislators and those who blindly accept Duke’s promises act surprised when vague commitments around affordability result in ratepayers getting the short end of the stick? Why do they feign surprise when Duke Energy suggests missing a timeline they set for themselves? Why do they pretend to be shocked when years of advocacy and “compromise” result in a utility cherry-picking what they want, robbing Peter to pay Paul. [ Read More ]

Monitoring air quality across Appalachia

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022 | Posted by The Appalachian Voice | No Comments

After a decade of focusing on water pollution from coal mining, Appalachian Voices’ coal impacts team is embarking on an ambitious project to monitor air pollution in communities impacted by coal mining and other fossil fuel infrastructure, and in other communities where air quality is an environmental justice concern. [ Read More ]

The choice for North Carolina’s energy future: high rates or renewable energy?

Friday, November 4th, 2022 | Posted by Maddy Koch | No Comments

I live in Duke Energy Progress territory, covering the eastern part of North Carolina and South Carolina along with a little patch in western North Carolina including Buncombe County. Soon, Duke Energy Progress plans to raise our rates, and I’m not sure it's justified. [ Read More ]

Pictures don’t do it justice, and neither would a pipeline

Tuesday, November 1st, 2022 | Posted by Angie Mummaw | No Comments

All of the abundant natural beauty and wildlife we observed could be threatened if gas giant Kinder Morgan has its way. [ Read More ]

Solar developments are bringing energy and jobs to Southwest Virginia

Tuesday, October 25th, 2022 | Posted by Adam Wells | No Comments

The recent ribbon-cutting ceremony at Wise Primary School for a new rooftop solar installation was the result of years of effort and the latest marker of success in the effort to diversify the economy of seven coalfield counties in Virginia. [ Read More ]

Democracy in action

Monday, October 24th, 2022 | Posted by Josh McClenney | 1 Comment

Voting an exercise in community. It’s an exercise in finding ways in each of our own lives that build a more equitable and resilient community that works for all of us. [ Read More ]

Enbridge’s 125-mile pipeline in Tennessee is not a done deal

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022 | Posted by Gabrielle Lichtenstein | 3 Comments

Converting the Kingston Fossil Plant to a natural gas facility would expose local communities — who already suffered the 2008 Kingston Coal Ash Spill — to more pollution while creating very few permanent jobs. [ Read More ]

Why we will win

Thursday, September 29th, 2022 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Mara Eve Robbins, a stalwart activist in the movement against the Mountain Valley Pipeline, reflects on community and hope in this special guest blog. [ Read More ]

Four ways to help stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the dirty deal this week

Monday, September 26th, 2022 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

It's a critical moment in the movement against the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the effort to stop the polluter giveaway in Congress. Here are four ways to act. [ Read More ]

Fighting for RGGI and the climate

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Communications intern Noah Vickers reports on six climate rallies that recently took place in support of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in Virginia. [ Read More ]

Permanent extension of black lung excise tax gives miners peace of mind

Thursday, September 15th, 2022 | Posted by Dan Radmacher | No Comments

Miners with black lung and their advocates scored a huge victory in the recently signed Inflation Reduction Act, which permanently extended the black lung excise tax that supports the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. [ Read More ]

Reckoning with land ownership as Central Appalachia moves away from coal

Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 | Posted by The Appalachian Voice | No Comments

Appalachia’s biggest problem may lie below our feet. Throughout the booms and busts of the coal industry, landholding corporations have kept their grasp on the land which previously held coveted resources. [ Read More ]



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