Richard Trumka on Good Jobs & a Cleaner Planet

The winter of 2012 so far has been unseasonably warm. It comes as the Appalachian coal industry faces a time of change, and amid a debate between people who say that coal is helping cause global warming and those who say there’s no such thing.  Richard Trumka addressed this question recently. He is the president of America’s […]

Severance Tax Funds for the Future

An old mountain song says, “What you gonna do when the weather gets cold? Do like a groundhog, hunt me a hole.” Across the mountains, folks are asking something like this —what will our communities do when our finite natural resources, like coal, are finally gone? One proposal from the West Virginia Center on Budget […]

Mountain Talk – Energy Options in Appalachia

Hosted by Mimi Pickering – April 27, 2011 Join us for this edition of Mountain Talk where we hear from Jason Bailey and Kristin Tracz of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) about the economics of coal, power rate hikes and new options for energy efficiency and the future of our region.

After Coal, What? Appalachians Look to Wales for Answers

Scholars, community organizers, activists and students gathered at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., October 14-16 for “Appalachia and Wales: Coal and After Coal,” a symposium focused on the historical ties and parallel trends in production between coal-mining regions in Appalachia and Wales over the last century.