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

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 ]

North Carolina needs a statewide People’s Energy Plan

Thursday, September 1st, 2022 | Posted by Maddy Koch | No Comments

Appalachian Voices, along with many others, is speaking up about the state’s Carbon Plan and the needs of North Carolinians as we transition to a clean energy future. [ Read More ]

How places of worship can benefit from switching to solar with the help of the Appalachian Solar Finance Fund

Friday, August 19th, 2022 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

On July 28, Appalachian Voices partnered with the Appalachian Solar Finance Fund, Volt Energy Utility and St. Paul Lutheran Church to present a webinar to specifically encourage places of faith to make the switch to solar energy. [ Read More ]

Inflation Reduction Act’s passage makes important progress, but opens old battles on new fronts

Wednesday, August 17th, 2022 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

We thought it might be helpful to sort through the good, the bad and the ugly, and explain why we support the Inflation Reduction Act and why we are wholly committed to fighting the industry’s permitting wish list and any forced congressional approval of MVP. [ Read More ]

Trusting the movement during a moment of loss

Wednesday, July 20th, 2022 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

The end of negotiations to include clean energy and climate spending in the reconciliation plan is a harsh blow, but we will continue to fight for a better future for Appalachia, and for our planet. [ Read More ]

Support shown for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative with a “march backwards”

Wednesday, July 20th, 2022 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Rallygoers in Richmond opposed Gov. Glenn Youngkin's efforts to remove Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. [ Read More ]

The Supreme Court decision is bad, but there’s still a lot we can do to fight climate change

Friday, July 1st, 2022 | Posted by Molly Moore | 1 Comment

The U.S. Supreme Court decision about the Environmental Protection Agency was a setback for climate progress. It's now up to states, towns and utilities to tackle the climate crisis. [ Read More ]

Even as 2022 Virginia General Assembly wraps up, threats of environmental rollbacks continue

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

With the signing of the budget, the Virginia General Assembly wrapped up a session filled with challenges and disappointments. [ Read More ]

Congress considers bills to address coal mining impacts at June hearing

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022 | Posted by Erin Savage | 1 Comment

During a recent U.S. House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing, Erin Savage of Appalachian Voices and two other Appalachian residents testified about acid mine drainage, abandoned mine sites and the impacts of ongoing mountaintop removal coal mining. [ Read More ]



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