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

When “clean” energy isn’t

Thursday, June 13th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Once the planet's temperature rises 1.5 degrees Celsius due to global warming, "the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse polish off their martinis, look at each other, and say, ‘It’s go time.’” [ More ]

Pass the RECLAIM Act

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 | Posted by Thom Kay | No Comments

Politicians like to talk about helping rural Appalachia. The RECLAIM Act is a chance for them to show that they mean it. [ More ]

Monopoly power play: The latest on Duke Energy’s bad rate bill

Friday, May 24th, 2019 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

Folks from across North Carolina have banded together to oppose a bill that would allow Duke Energy to more easily raise rates AND foist their cost for doing business onto N.C. ratepayers. [ More ]

Virginians For Justice: Progress Not Pipelines!

Friday, May 24th, 2019 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Several hundred people from across Virginia turned out for a weekend of solidarity for environmental justice and climate action and to call for a halt to expanding fracked-gas infrastructure anywhere in the state. [ More ]

Solar in Southwest Virginia recognized in national competition

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia was recently awarded a "Solar Discovery" prize for identifying solar projects in Virginia's coalfield counties that would create jobs and benefit local communities. [ More ]

High prices for dirty fuels in Southwest Virginia

Thursday, May 16th, 2019 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Old Dominion Power wants to charge residents more for increasingly expensive fossil fuels, when renewable energy offers a lower-cost alternative. Join us at the State Corporation Commission's public hearing in Norton, Va., on May 23! [ More ]

KY plans to spend Abandoned Mine Land Pilot funds on a federal prison

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

The state of Kentucky intends to use Abandoned Mine Land Pilot funds to build water and sewer lines for a proposed federal prison, a project that does not support true economic renewal or justice. [ More ]

RECLAIM Act back in Congress

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

The bill to expedite spending of $1 billion in coal-impacted communities to repurpose old mine sites for new economic projects has been reintroduced into Congress with bipartisan support. [ More ]

Appalachians testify in Congress to end mountaintop removal

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

Residents of coal-impacted communities went to Washington, D.C., to share how strip mines have affected their lives and to support a moratorium on destructive strip mining. [ More ]

Coal ash cleanup decision a huge victory for North Carolina!

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

On April 1, North Carolina announced its decision to require Duke Energy to fully excavate the six remaining coal ash sites across the state — a big victory in the year's long fight against the energy utility's negligence. [ More ]

Banning fracking worldwide

Friday, April 5th, 2019 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

An international tribunal on human rights, fracking and climate change is calling for a worldwide ban on fracking. The community of Union Hill, Va., helped play a role in this historic occasion. [ More ]

Projects to reclaim old coal sites get $10 million in federal grants

Thursday, March 21st, 2019 | Posted by Front Porch Blog | No Comments

Ten economic development projects in Southwest Virginia have been selected to receive $10 through the Abandoned Mine Land Pilot Program, including a multi-use trail and a commercial solar farm. [ More ]