Appalachian Transition resources

Pulp Fiction Part 2: American trees are electrifying Europe

As the world tries to shift away from fossil fuels, the energy industry is turning to what seems to be an endless supply of renewable energy: wood. In England and across Europe, wood has become the renewable of choice, with forests — many of them in the U.S. — being razed to help feed surging demand. But as this five-month Climate Central investigation reveals, renewable energy doesn’t necessarily mean clean energy. Burning trees as fuel in power plants is heating the atmosphere more quickly than coal.

Source/Author: Climate Central

Pulp Fiction Part 1: The European error that is warming the planet

As the world tries to shift away from fossil fuels, the energy industry is turning to what seems to be an endless supply of renewable energy: wood. In England and across Europe, wood has become the renewable of choice, with forests — many of them in the U.S. — being razed to help feed surging demand. But as this five-month Climate Central investigation reveals, renewable energy doesn’t necessarily mean clean energy. Burning trees as fuel in power plants is heating the atmosphere more quickly than coal.

Source/Author: Climate Central

The EPA's Clean Power Plan, Jobs, and Labor

This report summarizes an analysis of the impact on US jobs of the EPA's draft clean power plan, and describes ways organized labor (and allies) can work to shape state implementation plans in ways that advance job growth, protection for displaced workers, environmental justice and climate protection objectives.

Source/Author: Labor Network for Sustainability

KFTC Overview of EPA Climate Proposal - July 2014

KFTC developed this overview of the EPA's proposed carbon emissions standards for existing power plants, released in June 2014. It is intended to help KFTC members understand and talk about the issues surrounding climate change and this EPA proposal.

Source/Author: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Benham Power Project 1-pager

A one-page information sheet on the Benham Power Project, created to be shared during the Promise Zone listening session in Harlan County.

Source/Author: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Power Up! Webinar: I Love Mountains Day 2014

Presentation on I Love Mountains Day 2014: "Vote for Kentucky's Bright Future!"

Source/Author: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Webinar: The Case for Clean Energy Policies in KY - 2014

This webinar was offered on Feb 3, 2014 as part of a weekly series focused on important issues in the 2014 KY General Assembly.

Source/Author: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Appalachian Transition Four Page Booklet

A booklet outlining KFTC work on and proposals for a just transition in Appalachia, including transition stories from other regions, quotations from Kentuckians, and a proposed policy platform.

Source/Author: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Investing in the Economic Future of Eastern Kentucky

A new report by the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development calls for the creation of an Appalachian Planning and Development Fund to oversee strategic planning for the region and direct the use of some portion of severance tax funds. The report emphasizes that an open and inclusive process is as important as the funds themselves to producing positive outcomes.

Source/Author: Mountain Association for Community Economic Development

Local Economies to Save the Land and People

Noted Kentucky farmer and author Wendell Berry spoke at the 2013 Annual Membership Meeting of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. This is the text of his speech.

Source/Author: Wendell Berry

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