Energy & Environment

May 16, 2022 by WVCBP
Appalachian Activists Renew Calls for Federal Climate Action as Time Ticks Away on Current Congress

Huntington Herald-Dispatch - Appalachian climate groups are making another push for federal climate action as time grows short on Congress’ window to pass clean energy and climate legislation before midterm elections that could keep that window shut for the foreseeable future. Read the full article. Forty Appalachian and national organizations signed a letter addressed to…

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May 6, 2022 by Kelly Allen
Allen, Rosser: Congress Must Pass Reconciliation Package (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - As we emerge from the pandemic, it’s a good time to take stock of what we’ve learned. Read the full op-ed. A big takeaway from the past two years is that government response matters. From the Paycheck Protection Program to the rollout of lifesaving vaccines, federal investments helped keep families and businesses…

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April 10, 2022 by WVCBP
West Virginians Lead Blockade of Coal Plant That Made Manchin Rich

Common Dreams, Raw Story, Salon, Scheer Post - Organizers of the "Coal Baron Blockade" protest which targeted right-wing Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin's coal empire Saturday afternoon reported that state police almost immediately began arresting campaigners who assembled in Grant Town, West Virginia. Read the full article. "Sen. Joe Manchin's policies hurt poor people and hurt our…

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March 8, 2022 by Kelly Allen
Public Hearing Highlights Concerns About Bill that Would Set Up Mining Mutual Insurance Company with $50M in Taxpayer Money

Charleston Gazette-Mail - A bill nearing passage in the West Virginia House of Delegates that would set up an insurance company with $50 million in taxpayer money to provide alternative bonding for coal mine operators drew opposition from nearly all speakers at a public hearing Monday. Read the full article. Environmentalists and other concerned citizens…

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January 12, 2022 by WVCBP
Lawmakers Promised to Help West Virginia’s Coalfield Communities. As the Session Begins, Their Plan for Doing So Remains Unclear

Mountain State Spotlight - Last summer, House of Delegates leaders from both parties announced a key new panel of lawmakers they promised was “dedicated to developing proposals to help revitalize West Virginia’s communities.” Read the full article. The group traveled the state, hosting meetings and asking residents for ideas on how to help communities struggling from the…

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January 10, 2022 by WVCBP
Dan Heyman: Fighting Climate Change Isn’t So Overwhelming (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - If you don’t think the climate is changing, consider that Charleston used to have its first big snowfall around Thanksgiving. This year it was after New Year. And even West Virginians who see climate change as abstract and distant are watching confused daffodils sprouting in their yards in December and picking ticks…

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December 23, 2021 by WVCBP
Is President Biden’s Climate Agenda Toast? Say It Isn’t So, Joe

Resilience - There’s a jolly old soul in West Virginia who’s laughing his a** off today. Who is this laugh-master? Why it’s Old King Coal, of course; and, he just got off the phone with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV). Read the full article. On the call, West Virginia’s senior Senator told the old man he…

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December 21, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
Can West Virginia Afford to Cut the Severance Tax (Again)?

West Virginia levies a severance tax on the production value of coal, natural gas, oil, and other natural resources produced in the state. During the most recent legislative interim session, the Joint Committee on Finance proposed legislation to -- yet again -- cut the state's already low severance tax. This comes on the heels of…

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