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

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 ]


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 ]



 

 


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