Energy & Environment

February 8, 2021 by Kelly Allen
West Virginia Has Everyone’s Attention. What Does It Really Need?

The New York Times - The wisecrack about West Virginia is that it can now have whatever it wants: fancy new highways, a federal installation or two, maybe a few extra grand per capita in stimulus checks. Read the full article. Joe Manchin, the state’s senior senator and a centrist Democrat, has swiftly become one…

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December 9, 2020 by WVCBP
Capito, Manchin Among Bipartisan Group of Senators Pushing Legislation to Promote Carbon Capturing

Charleston Gazette-Mail - West Virginia’s two U.S. senators signaled support Tuesday for legislation that would build on a 2018 law designed to encourage technological innovation in carbon capture usage and storage. read the full article. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., were among the senators introducing the 45Q Carbon Capture Utilization…

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November 30, 2020 by WVCBP
Head of WV Coal Association to Retire after Decades of Influential Industry Leadership

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Logan Banner - The president and CEO of the West Virginia Coal Association is retiring after a half-century of service to the coal industry and an indelible impact on the state’s coal legislation. Read the full article. The West Virginia Coal Association announced Monday that Bill Raney would retire effective Jan. 1, 2021.…

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October 29, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
West Virginians Were Promised an Economic Revival. It Hasn’t Happened Yet.

Mountain State Spotlight - One year ago, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice promised business leaders that the state’s economy was on the verge of a boom. Continued growth in natural gas production was going to spark an industrial renaissance, bringing construction of a giant collection of spinoff factories. Read the full article. Speaking to the West…

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October 29, 2020 by WVCBP
ReImagine Appalachia Coalition Details Regional Infrastructure and Investment Priorities

White papers detail Appalachian climate investment strategy for lawmakers post-election. For Immediate Release: October 29, 2020 Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV - The ReImagine Appalachia Coalition released a trio of white papers detailing needed infrastructure investments in broadband, for modernizing the region's manufacturing sector, reviving the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and promoting regenerative agriculture. Read the reports here. The…

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October 27, 2020 by WVCBP
Oil, Gas Push for Millions in Tax Cuts

Beckley Register-Herald - While West Virginians are dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and trying to figure out if their kids can attend school, the oil and gas industry is working with the West Virginia State Tax Department to cut its property taxes by as much as $62 million per year. Last month, the state tax…

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September 28, 2020 by WVCBP
Ted Boettner: Oil, Natural Gas Industries Seek Huge Tax Breaks

Charleston Gazette-Mail - While West Virginians are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and trying to figure out if their kids can attend school, the oil and gas industry is working with the West Virginia State Tax Department to cut its property taxes by as much as $62 million per year. Read full article. Last month,…

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September 22, 2020 by WVCBP
Climate Change Guide Released by Coalition of WV Environment, Social Justice Groups

Charleston Gazette-Mail - A Citizens Guide to Climate Change, a 16-page report on the impending climate crisis and summaries of potential solutions proposed to counter it, has been released by the newly formed West Virginia Climate Alliance. "This guide is the beginning of a dialog with West Virginians," said Charleston's Perry Bryant, a member of…

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September 21, 2020 by Quenton King
Ohio Researchers Show How Solar Could Help Turn Around Appalachian Economy

Energy News Network - Coal’s downturn has taken a toll on Appalachian Ohio, but solar power could be one step on a potential path forward as the region’s economy tries to rebound. Read full article. A recent analysis by Ohio University suggests that utility-scale solar projects could create tens of thousands of jobs and billions…

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September 11, 2020 by WVCBP
Appalachia Coalition Creates Blueprint for Sustainable, Equitable Future

Allegheny Front - A coalition of progressive environmental and policy groups has an economic plan for the Ohio River Valley of Appalachia — including Southwestern Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. ReImagine Appalachia breaks away from traditional fossil fuel extraction, and relies on federal stimulus dollars to build a sustainable economy with an eye towards racial equality…

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