The Intersection of Just Transition and Environmental Justice
A former coal miner in Kentucky and a reverend in South Carolina find common cause in their efforts to build a green economy.
Report: Billions Needed to Support Coal Workers
A new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Utility Workers Union of America estimates that coal workers need $33 billion to $83 billion in wage replacement, job training, and other types of support.
Germany’s Energy Transition Lessons for the United States
The country’s proactive approach to energy transition, including tens of billions in funding for coal-impacted regions, parallels the policy vision of U.S. transition advocates.
Opinion: American Jobs Plan Offers Welcome Focus on Rural Communities
“It’s clear the American Jobs Plan is a strong opening bid—and the details of how the money is invested and which pieces are prioritized will determine the long-term outcomes and impacts.”
Opinion: Colorado Stimulus Supports Transitioning Coal Communities
“For Colorado’s coal communities and workers, ensuring that the workers who have powered our grid for generations are taken care of as we transition from fossil fuels to clean energy isn’t just a goal — it’s an absolute necessity to keep families afloat.”
Report: The Job Potential of Reclaiming Abandoned Mine Sites and Oil and Gas Wells
Two new reports from the Ohio River Valley Institute estimate that reclaiming these mines and wells would create thousands of jobs in Appalachia.
Report: The Role of Workforce Policies and Labor Standards in the Energy Transition
A new report from Resources for the Future and the Environmental Defense Fund shows how stronger workforce development policies and labor standards can help displaced fossil fuel workers succeed in a low-carbon economy.
“Can Biden Keep Coal Country From Becoming a ‘Ghost Town’?"
For nearly 60 years, presidents have promised to lift up Appalachia, but many communities remain on the brink.
Opinion: President Biden Stands Up for Kentucky’s Coal Communities
“President Biden’s executive order recognizes what people in the coalfields have known for years—that they sacrificed to grow our nation’s economy, and that they now bear the brunt of changes in global energy markets. This announcement gives us new hope that we can accelerate the just transition to a new economy, an economy that can be more diverse, resilient, sustainable and equitable.”