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August 27, 2014 | Blog Post

ACHE Act: A Way to End Mountaintop Removal Mining

Coalfield residents living near mountaintop removal mining sites have long suspected this terrible, destructive practice is hurting our health.

I first started thinking about it during the long fight to replace the Marsh Fork Elementary School, which sat at the foot of a huge mountaintop removal mining site near my home in Peachtree Hollow.

August 27, 2014 | Blog Post

Digging Out of the Money Pit to Create a Smart Grid

Our aging electric grid is in need of a major renovation to deliver electricity reliably into the next century, and one way or another, that overhaul will cost us a lot of money. The question is whether we throw more money at propping up the old architecture that is designed to deliver electricity from big fossil-fuel fired power plants, or make the forward-looking investments necessary to harness the clean energy that our future requires.

August 20, 2014 | Case

Defending Federal Rule That Will Ease Transition from Fossil Fuels to Clean Energy

The Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, Conservation Law Foundation, and Union for Concerned Scientists—represented by Earthjustice and Natural Resources Defense Council—intervened to defend the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s landmark Order No. 1000, which breaks down longstanding barriers to modernizing the grid and hastening a shift away from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy.

August 19, 2014 | Blog Post

When Lobbying is a Good Thing

Lobbying is the act of attempting to influence decisions made by officials in the government. There is bad lobbying and, as I learned, there is good.

August 19, 2014 | Blog Post

Study Shows Aquifers Threatened by Fracking

Throughout the U.S. oil and gas boom, frackers have countered public concerns about water contamination with the assurance that drilling operations target deposits that sit much deeper than drinking-water aquifers. This picture is not entirely accurate, according to recent research.

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