Where Will Wyoming's Displaced Fossil Fuel Workers Go?
As the state’s fossil fuel industries decline, leaders across Wyoming are exploring creative solutions to help prepare workers for new careers.
Biden Administration Allocates $300 Million to Coal Communities
The Coal Communities Commitment funding will go toward two programs at the Economic Development Administration.
Coalfield Development Nears Completion of Historic Solar Project
The 122 KW project, located at a Coalfield facility in Huntington, will be the largest solar project completed by a nonprofit organization in West Virginia.
Opinion: Repairing the Damage in Appalachia
“President Biden’s American Jobs Plan would create thousands of jobs cleaning up this mess in economically ravaged communities. But in order to ensure these are good-paying, union jobs, we have to require stronger labor provisions for reclamation projects and establish a mine reclamation jobs program within a new Civilian Climate Corps.”
Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center Calls for Federal Black Lung Protections
The Kentucky-based nonprofit law firm submitted a petition requesting a new rule that would reduce silica dust—a major cause of black lung disease —in coal mines.
In Win for Rural Areas, Federal Administrators Deny Proposal to Expand Non-Metro Definition
The proposal would have expanded the threshold of “metro” areas from 50,000 to 100,000, increasing the number of “non-metro” areas competing for federal funds designated for rural communities.
As the U.S. Pursues Clean Energy and the Climate Goals of the Paris Agreement, Communities Dependent on the Fossil Fuel Economy Look for a Just Transition
A new report identifies areas from Appalachia to Alaska that will need help to keep their employment, wages and tax bases from falling steeply as coal, oil and gas are phased out.
Coal Transition Leaders See Need for Bold Federal Policies
Encouraged by President Biden’s new working group and infrastructure plan, transition advocates are calling for community-informed policies that address a range of needs.
The Biden Administration’s Promise to Reclaim Abandoned Mine Lands
President Biden is taking steps to reclaim the country’s former coal mines, but success depends on effective regulation and administration.
Opinion: Infrastructure Bill Should Go Big for Coal Country
“The biggest possible mistake we could make would be to try and return to the coal-based economy of yesterday. The second biggest mistake would be to go small on the infrastructure bill currently under debate between Congress and the White House.”