2020 Brought More Job Loss and Bankruptcies for Coal Communities
8,000 coal workers lost their jobs in the last year, and five coal companies have gone bankrupt in the past five months.
Native Renewables’ Wahleah Johns Appears On A Matter of Degrees Podcast
Joined by leading scholars and advocates, Johns discusses the Navajo Nation’s historical relationship to coal and their current efforts to achieve a just transition.
Craig, Colorado, Creates New Economic Development Role to Implement Community Economic Development Programs
Craig, CO creates new economic development role to implement community economic development programs. El Pomar Foundation provided resources for the position, as well as a Moffat County transition roadmap
Opinion: President-Elect Biden Must Prioritize Coal Communities—And Here’s How
“Solving this problem of large numbers of people at risk of being left behind in the transition to a clean energy economy is not just the right thing to do for people and families who have sacrificed for generations to keep the lights on—it is a necessary set of investments to ensure that the federal climate solutions we have been fighting for will be durable over time.”
Mayors Release “Marshall Plan for Middle America”
The $60 billion plan—developed by mayors from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia—calls for increased federal investment in clean energy-based economic and workforce development to help heartland communities dependent on fossil fuel industries.
Opinion: Envisioning A New Day in Southwest Virginia
“We’ve taken great pride in powering America for generations, and we believe that federal commitments and investment will bring our new vision to fruition. This new way of thinking and working will once again bring employment opportunities back to the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.”
Finding Lessons for Climate Activists in Utah Coal Communities
“Indeed, what scares many of these communities is the demonization from and lack of dialogue with mainstream environmentalists. They deeply fear being left behind by the energy transition, and that has become one of the motivating factors for places like Emery County to innovate with carbon capture and energy storage.”
What the Biden Presidency Could Mean for West Virginia’s Just Transition
Some West Virginians worry about Biden’s impact on fossil fuel industries, while others see a new opportunity to expand federal support for transitioning communities.
Opinion: Securitization A Useful Financing Tool for Transition From Coal
Securitization and other financing tools can help ease the energy transition for states and utilities, but they must be designed to address worker and community needs.