Energy & Environment

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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October 25, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
Investing in West Virginia to Create Opportunities and Renew Our State

This blog post, co-authored by the Keystone Research Center's executive director Stephen Herzenberg and the WVCBP’s senior policy analyst Sean O'Leary, was originally published by the ReImagine Appalachia coalition. West Virginia is at the center of the national political storm surrounding the need to invest in infrastructure, in families, and in combating climate change. Notably, West Virginia…

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October 21, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
West Virginians are Disappointed in Joe Manchin

Sierra - In mid-October, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat, announced he would forgo the prosperity of his constituents and their descendants by refusing to vote for a climate measure billed as the nation’s last-ditch effort to secure a livable future. Read the full article. That measure is the Clean Electricity Payment Program, or CEPP, a…

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October 18, 2021 by WVCBP
House Democrat Calls West Virginia Economy ‘Irrelevant’

Yahoo News - An Illinois Democrat has been criticized after dismissing West Virginia’s economy as “irrelevant" to his party's key climate policy in the social spending package. Read the full article. The Clean Electricity Performance Program would reward utilities that adopt renewable energy sources rather than fossil fuels, penalizing utilities that do not make the transition. The…

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September 20, 2021 by WVCBP
Dear Joe Manchin: Coal Isn’t Your State’s Future

New York Times - So Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia will be responsible for putting together the Democratic climate plan. This is both understandable and terrifying. It’s understandable because Democrats need the vote of every one of their senators, which means doing whatever it takes to get skeptics on board. It’s terrifying because Manchin might end…

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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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