Energy & Environment

September 16, 2021 by Kelly Allen
ReImagine Appalachia Urges Manchin to Support “Build Back Better”

Pennsylvania Business Report - ReImagine Appalachia, an organization of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia labor leaders, policy experts and community leaders, urged U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to support President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” legislation in an open letter Sunday. Read the full article. Published as a full-page ad in the Charleston Gazette-Mail,…

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September 10, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Appalachian Activists Push Manchin to Support Reconciliation

Climate Wire - Climate advocates in Appalachia are urging Sen. Joe Manchin (D) to drop his opposition to the Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion “human infrastructure” package. Read the full article. They say the measure, along with the $1.2 trillion investment package awaiting action in the House of Representatives, would provide billions of dollars to one…

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September 8, 2021 by WVCBP
Racial Divisions Distract the Working Class from the Real Problem

This blog post, authored by the WVCBP's summer research associate Myya Helm, was originally published by the ReImagine Appalachia coalition. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Blair Mountain. In August 1921, union coal miners clashed with an anti-union citizen army near Blair Mountain, West Virginia, in what became the largest battle in the…

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July 22, 2021 by Quenton King
ReImagine Appalachia Coalition Applauds New Civilian Conservation Corps Proposal from Senator Bob Casey

PA Environment Digest - On July 22, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced new legislation to revive the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) titled the “The REVIVE the CCC Act of 2021” or “The Restore Environmental Vitality and Improve Volatile Economy (REVIVE) by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Act”. Read the full article. The bill would expand…

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June 16, 2021 by WVCBP
Manchin’s Influence in Infrastructure Package Talks Looms Over Hopes for Sweeping Investment in Energy Transition

Charleston Gazette-Mail - In April, the West Virginia Center on Climate Change’s project director envisioned Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a former scholarship football player at West Virginia University and coal brokerage founder, running with planet Earth tucked under his arm as he heads for the end zone and a game-winning score. Read the full article.…

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May 30, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
West Virginians Grapple with the Future of the State’s Energy Production

The Dominion Post - Mason Anderson is a 21-year-old contracted worker at Mobile Power Washing who works at the coal-fired Fort Martin power plant in Maidsville, West Virginia. Last year, he decided he wasn’t going to continue his education at West Virginia University in civil engineering. Instead, he decided to attend asynchronous courses at Salem…

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April 17, 2021 by WVCBP
Statehouse Beat: D-word Best Describes Past Session

Charleston Gazette-Mail - I was trying to find a word that sums up the 2021 legislative session, and after much consideration, it came to me: Despicable. Read the full article. Despicable, in that the Legislature committed acts of cruelty for no reason but the sheer pleasure they derived from doing so. They passed a despicable…

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