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

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 ]

The road to stopping MVP: Spring 2022 update

Wednesday, April 27th, 2022 | Posted by Jessica Sims | 1 Comment

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

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

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022 | Posted by Jen Lawhorne | No Comments

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! [ Read More ]

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

Monday, April 25th, 2022 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

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. [ Read More ]

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

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

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. [ Read More ]

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

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

Duke Energy's approach to the carbon reduction plan is long on fossil fuels and short on concern for public input and affordability. [ Read More ]



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