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

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.

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Appalachian groups urge Biden, Congress to ensure climate action helps energy transition communities

APPALACHIA — Today, dozens of Appalachian organizations and national partners submitted a letter to President Joe Biden, U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urging them to make sure that a budget reconciliation package under negotiation in Congress targets climate action spending in ways that help communities in coal-impacted Appalachia and elsewhere benefit from the transition to a clean-energy economy.

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What it takes to reenergize Southwest Virginia

Economic development in Southwest Virginia could get a long overdue jumpstart with the suggestions Virginia Energy outlined in its Reenergize Southwest Final Report. The report, which was released in December 2021, makes recommendations for the General Assembly to support the economic transition in the coalfields after eliminating the state’s coal tax credits in 2021.

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White House group focuses on supporting coal communities

A group of top White House cabinet members and policy advisors is tasked with helping coal communities revitalize their economies. Learn more about the process and how to get involved.

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National coalition urges Congress to boost support for communities transitioning from fossil fuels

CONTACT: Jeremy Richardson, Union of Concerned Scientists, jrichardson@ucsusa.org, 301-442-1326 Cat McCue, Appalachian Voices, cat@appvoices.org, 434-293-6373 Washington, DC – As America continues to transition toward clean energy, Congress must take swift and comprehensive action to support the workers and communities —

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Coal communities and mine cleanup at the center of federal and grassroots efforts

pile of coal refuse towers above neighborhood

With bills on the Hill, proposals from the White House, new reports issued and forthcoming from grassroots advocates, and new projects underway, there is a lot happening when it comes to coal communities and mine cleanup!

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Community advocates herald Sen. Manchin’s coal-site reclamation bills

CONTACT: Cat McCue, Sr. Communications Strategist, 434-293-6373, cat@appvoices.org With coal communities more in need of support and investment than ever before, today Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) unveiled two bills along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Tim Kaine

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White House releases report on transitioning coal communities

The White House today released a report identifying dozens of coal-impacted communities in the U.S. needing immediate investment, and setting up a process for community town halls.

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New Virginia law sets up stakeholder process to diversify coal region’s economy

CONTACT: Chelsea Barnes, Legislative Director, chelsea@appvoices.org, 614-205-6424 Governor Northam has signed into law a bill, passed by the General Assembly during the 2021 session, that ends decades-old tax credits for the coal industry and establishes a stakeholder process to inform

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