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As an organization based in Appalachia, what are some of the unique climate challenges your organization and your region are facing?
Climate change is a key issue in Central Appalachia; the ways the environment intersects with communities in our region are many and varied. Perhaps the most obvious is non-renewable energy development and production, which is tied to greenhouse gas emissions and directly impacts local air quality. U.S. EPA models predict warmer and wetter winters as well as hotter and drier summers. Concentrated precipitation during winter and spring puts the region at risk for... read more
The past few months have been as much about looking ahead as they have been about coping with life in post-election America, a space that feels post-apocalyptic for many. Americans and people across the globe have been processing their emotions, trying to understand a vote that came as a surprise to many, and in some cases pausing to reflect on rural realities seemingly ignored by the Democratic Party. Voting patterns in the election brought to the surface just how little understanding there is between rural and urban... read more
In country star Jason Aldean’s song Fly over States, he overhears first class passengers on a flight from New York to LA, looking down on the countryside and wondering, “who’d want to live down there, in the middle of nowhere.” Aldean then flips the dismissive line into a proud anthem about the middle of the country. Like the song, Donald Trump flipped the predictions of the professional political class and rode a wave of support from many people who felt over-looked in those fly over states all the way to the Presidency.
The power of the so-called fly over... read more
MANCHIN, KAINE, WARNER, BROWN, CASEY INTRODUCE RECLAIM ACT
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the RECLAIM Act last week. This legislation will provide funds to states and Indian tribes for the purpose of promoting economic revitalization, diversification, and development in economically distressed communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining.
“This legislation will help the many mining communities throughout West Virginia and the... read more