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Statement on Manchin agreeing to pull permitting language from continuing resolution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 27, 2022 CONTACT Dan Radmacher, (540) 798-6683, dan@appvoices.org Late this afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that Sen. Joe Manchin’s Energy Independence and Security Act of 2022 would be removed from a continuing resolution to

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After near unanimous House vote, more than 80 organizations urge Manchin & Barrasso to advance STREAM Act in Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 7, 2022 Contact: Trey Pollard, trey@pollardcommunications.com, 202-904-9187 APPALACHIA — More than 80 organizations from 15 states from called on Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member John Barrasso (R-WY), subcommittee Chair

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

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.

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House passes Inflation Reduction Act, which will mean historic climate and energy investments, a huge victory for miners with black lung and more

The near final vote on the Inflation Reduction Act. (One more Republican would vote no before the final tally)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 2022 CONTACT Dan Radmacher, (540) 798-6683, dan@appvoices.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Inflation Reduction Act, sending the bill containing many of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda priorities to

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Appalachian Voices opposes permitting reform proposal by Sen. Manchin and Democratic leadership

pipeline construction

Residents of every Appalachian and environmental justice community deserve to benefit from climate policy, and we firmly oppose any approach by Congress that sacrifices frontline communities as part of a political bargain.

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Reconciliation package includes billions of dollars in climate spending

The climate investments included in this package are crucial and urgent. The reduction in carbon emissions they’ll lead to are badly needed, but they will also help the places that have powered the United States for generations finally reach their full economic potential.

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Trusting the movement during a moment of loss

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.

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Black Lung Association and 68 organizations demand urgent action from Congress to extend Black Lung Excise Tax

five miners wearing shirts that say Black Lung Kills gather around a notepad

CONTACT: Dan Radmacher, dan@appvoices.org, (540) 798-6683 Trey Pollard, trey@pollardcommunications.com, (202) 904-9187 Read the letter here APPALACHIA — The National Black Lung Association and 68 other organizations sent a letter to congressional leadership Thursday urging immediate action to provide a long-term

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New report explains why West Virginia needs the Black Lung Excise Tax

xrays of black lung sufferers, Photo by CDC-NIOSH

This morning, advocates for miners with black lung and their families released a new report outlining the critically important impacts of the black lung excise tax and the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund in West Virginia. The report comes days after the excise tax rate was slashed due to Congressional inaction, gutting funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund that supports benefits for thousands of miners in West Virginia.

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West Virginia statehouse resolution shows growing bipartisan support for increased funding for mine reclamation

West Virginia legislature interim committee passes resolution encouraging federal legislators to increase investments in mine land reclamation CONTACT: Dana Kuhnline, RECLAIM Coalition Coordinator, dana@appvoices.org, 304-825-3262 Erin Savage, Senior Program Manager at Appalachian Voices, erin@appvoices.org, 206-769-8286 Charleston, WV — The West

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