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

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 ]

Hands Across the Appalachian Trail event celebrates the AT and rallies MVP opponents

Thursday, June 16th, 2022 | Posted by Jessica Sims | 1 Comment

On Saturday, May 28, more than 65 community members, advocates and allies fighting the Mountain Valley Pipeline celebrated the treasured Appalachian Trail — and the return of the annual “Hands Across the Appalachian Trail” event. [ Read More ]

We won’t give up on justice for the Kingston coal ash workers

Friday, June 10th, 2022 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

Hundreds of workers who helped clean up after the massive Kingston Fossil Plant coal ash spill have gotten sick and dozens have died. A hearing before the Tennessee Supreme Court was the latest stop in the ongoing battle for justice. [ Read More ]

Planning ahead for a bright future in Virginia

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022 | Posted by Emily Piontek | 1 Comment

Solar is essential to meeting urgent emissions reduction goals, but concerns about smart land use and the community and environmental impacts of large-scale solar don't have easy answers. [ Read More ]

TVA’s decision to stick with fossil fuels at Cumberland plant isn’t final

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 | Posted by Angie Mummaw | 2 Comments

TVA's decision to convert coal-fired plants to fracked gas will lead to enormous environmental consequences — while providing fewer jobs than renewable energy. [ Read More ]

The North Carolina People’s Energy Plan

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 | Posted by Maddy Koch | 3 Comments

The North Carolina People's Energy Plan seeks a cleaner, more affordable, more just energy system for the state. [ Read More ]

Duke Energy’s Carbon Plan falls far short

Friday, May 27th, 2022 | Posted by Josh McClenney | 1 Comment

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

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

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 | Posted by Dan Radmacher | No Comments

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. [ Read More ]



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