Suggested Readings for November

October 2021 MOVCA Selected Media Postings

Compiled by Cindy Taylor

Appearing on-line in the Charleston Gazette-Mail:

October 28, 2021   Op-Ed by Sean O’Leary, Ohio River Valley Institute

“Sean O’Leary: A coal bailout too pricy even for Manchin”

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/opinion/op_ed_commentaries/sean-oleary-a-coal-bailout-too-pricy-even-for-manchin-opinion/article_4d8198d6-bbdd-5e79-aac2-faf5b2ef3395.html

October 27, 2021 Energy and Environment article by Mike Tony

“High stakes and wide open future for carbon removal discussed at WV climate webinar”

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/energy_and_environment/high-stakes-and-wide-open-future-for-carbon-removal-discussed-at-wv-climate-webinar/article_b93c1cfc-d60e-5e04-a3a9-95374493fdca.html

October 27, 2021 Energy and Environment article by Mike Tony

“US Army Corp of Engineers to hold WV public hearing on key permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline”

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/energy_and_environment/us-army-corps-of-engineers-to-hold-wv-public-hearing-on-key-permit-for-mountain/article_ba98caa1-cef4-5228-a5cf-a98601b513ce.html

October 23, 2021   Op-Ed by Morgan King, WV Rivers Coalition, Climate Campaign Coordinator

“Morgan King: impact of changing climate can be seen in WV”

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/opinion/op_ed_commentaries/morgan-king-impact-of-changing-climate-can-be-seen-in-wv/article_a76a4640-afdd-524d-9588-20df53e7cb1a.html

 October  23, 2021   Energy and Environment article by Mike Tony 

“Why West Virginia is left especially vulnerable by Manchin blocking key climate policy”

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/energy_and_environment/why-west-virginia-is-left-especially-vulnerable-by-manchin-blocking-key-climate-policy/article_8244ca80-9ece-54e5-83f0-3d6c223de744.html

October 8, 2021 Energy and Environment article by Mike Tony

“Manchin protecting coal industry while profiting from it imperils key climate priorities”

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/energy_and_environment/manchin-protecting-coal-industry-while-profiting-from-it-imperils-key-climate-priorities/article_be7472e4-1560-5d79-8856-4820700c56ab.html

October 5, 2021 Op-Ed by Jeremy Richardson, senior energy analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists

“Jeremy Richardson: Manchin Key to Once-in-a-Generation Boost”

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/opinion/op_ed_commentaries/jeremy-richardson-manchin-key-to-once-in-a-generation-boost-opinion/article_c6e9ed7f-bff4-5b4c-a898-411e33c03195.html

Appearing on-line on The Columbus Dispatch: (Omitted from last month’s report)

September 29, 2021 Opinion column by Rich Bloomingdale, Timothy Burga, William Longdrigan, and Josh Sword

“Labor leaders: ReImagine Appalachia would create over half a million well-paying jobs”

https://www.dispatch.com/story/opinion/columns/guest/2021/09/29/afl-cio-presidents-reimagine-appalachia-plan-would-create-over-half-million-well-paying-jobs/5833942001/

Appearing on-line on WV Public Broadcasting or WOUB (PBS) or NPR:

Friday, October 22, 2021 Article by PBS Newshour. Text summary with YouTube video link.

“How Dem debate over Biden climate agenda could affect U.S. economy”

October 7, 2021 Article by Jeff Brady, Broadcast  on Morning Edition      Text and Audio

“We need to talk about your gas stove, your health and climate change”

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/07/1015460605/gas-stove-emissions-climate-change-health-effects

Available on West Virginia Climate Alliance https://www.wvclimatealliance.org :

October 30, 2020 1- 2:30PM Halloween Rally for Climate Action in Charleston, WV sponsored by WVCA

Press Release: https://www.wvclimatealliance.org/blog/2021/10/press-release-wv-climate-alliance-hosts-rally-in-west-virginias-capital-sat-oct-30 

October 30, 2020 “Transcript: Michael E. Mann’s remarks to Halloween Climate Rally in West Virginia”

https://www.wvclimatealliance.org/blog/2021/10/transcript-michael-e-manns-remarks-to-halloween-climate-rally-in-west-virginia   Video link to Mann’s presentation “Navigating the Climate Crisis”

Available on OurEnergyPolicy https://www.ourenergypolicy.org :

Wed. October 20, 2021l, 1PM Energy Leaders Webinar Series hosted by Our Energy Policy, Edison Electric Institute, Ohio River Valley Institute

“Coal and the Energy Transition” A conversation about reliability, policy, jobs, communities and the economics of the industry.

Suzanne Tegen, Asst. Dir. Center for the New Energy Economy; Sean O’Leary, Ohio River Valley Institute; Uday Varadarajan, Rocky Mountain Institute; and moderated by Emily Sanford Fisher, Edison Electric Institute(EEI)

Recording available at: https://www.ourenergypolicy.org/energy-leaders-webinar-series/coal-the-energy-transition/   

October 13, 2021 Post by Sean O’Leary, ORVI

“Suddenly a Distressed Coal Town Thrives . . . and Provides a Model for Successful Clean Energy Economic Transition”

Appearing on-line on Ohio River Valley Institute https://ohiorivervalleyinstitute.org :

October 15, 2021 Article by Ben Hunkler

“Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro Charges Mariner East Pipeline Developer with Environmental Crimes, Reflecting Widespread Support for a Crackdown on Fracking”

October 13, 2021 Article by Ted Boettner with link to summary and REPORT released by ORVI, in partnership with  ReImagine Appalachia & Union of Concerned Scientists. Authors: Jeremy Richardson, Ted Boettner, and Eric Dixon

Repairing the Damage: Cleaning Up Hazardous Coal Ash Can Create Jobs and Improve the Environment

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 10AM-11AM  Coal Ash Report Press Conference & Webinar 1PM hosted by ReImagine Appalachia, Union of Concerned Scientists, Earthjustice and Ohio River Valley Institute

Presentation on the new report and ongoing work to remediate coal ash clean up in the US.

Speakers :Jeremy Richardson, Senior Energy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists, Lisa Evans, Senior Counsel, Earthjustice, Amanda Woodrum, Senior Policy Analyst for Policy Matters Ohio & Co-executive Director of ReImagine Appalachia

October 7, 2021 Article and link to download REPORT by Sean O’Leary

“Carbon Capture, Use and Sequestration Would Decarbonize the Electric System . . . in the Worst Possible Way”

Report outlines the profound drawbacks of CCUS, emphasizing that the expensive, largely untested technology would impose serious costs on electricity customers if adopted at scale

October 7, 2021 7pm Zoom Webinar hosted by ORVI – about Carbon Capture & O’Leary’s report.  Recording link:

October 7, 2021 Article by Ben Hunkler with interactive data maps presented by ORVI

“Mapping the Cost of Widespread CCUS Adoption”

Available online on Public News Service – WV:

October 29, 2021 Text & audio by Nadia Ramlagan, Producer.

“WV Holds Climate Rally as Congress Inches Toward ‘Build Back Better’ Deal”

https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2021-10-29/climate-change-air-quality/wv-holds-climate-rally-as-congress-inches-toward-build-back-better-deal/a76301-1

Available on WCHS (Charleston TV):

October 25, 2021 Article and video by Megan Bsharah. (Includes interviews with Eric Engle and Perry Bryant)

“Climate change leaders worried Manchin isn’t looking out for West Virginians’ future”

https://wchstv.com/news/local/climate-change-leaders-worried-manchin-isnt-looking-out-for-west-virginians-future

Available from West Virginia Center on Climate Change  https://wvclimate.org :

October 26, 2021 7:00 – 8:00 PM  Interactive Zoom Webinar hosted by WV3C co-sponsored with WVU College of Law Center for Energy and Sustainable Development; WVU Bridge Initiative for Science and Technology Policy, Leadership, and Communications.

“Carbon Removal and More: What Lies Ahead for these Climate Solutions?”

Main speaker Dr. Julio Friedmann, Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia U. Panelists Erin Burns, Ex. Director of Carbon180 and Dr. Emily Grubert, US Dept. of Energy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Carbon Management

Link to webinar at https://wvclimate.org or YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9s1YYMH6UA 

Available on Appalachian Voices https://appvoices.org   / Blog “Front Porch”:

October 28, 2021 Press release

“Build Back Better Framework contains key provisions to spur clean energy investments in Appalachia”

NATIONAL ATTENTION:

Available on CNN:

October 19, 2021 Article by Ella Nilson, CNN

“West Virginia’s reliance on coal is getting more expensive, and Joe Manchin’s constituents are footing the bill”

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/19/politics/west-virginia-coal-rates-manchin-climate/index.html

Available on The Guardian:

 October 13, 2021 US News Article

“We kayaked to Joe Manchin’s yacht, and we’d do it again – Angie Kerns and Loretta Young”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/13/joe-manchin-west-virginia-kayak-democrats-biden

Available on The New York Times:

 October 17, 2021 Article by Christopher Flavelle

“As Manchin Blocks Climate Plan, His State Can’t Hold Back Floods”

Available on United States Environmental Protection Agency:

October 7, 2021Press Release

“EPA awards $300K to West Virginia for wetlands protection”

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-awards-300k-west-virginia-wetlands-protection

“Wetland Program Development Grants and EPA Wetlands Grant Coordinators”

https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/wetland-program-development-grants-and-epa-wetlands-grant-coordinators

RESOURCES and other NEWS:

Available from ReImagine Appalachia https://reimagineappalachia.org :  

“Support Local Communities” see “Local Officials” and “Local grassroots”

See also Resources available on Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR):

Resources available from Stop the Money Pipeline https://stopthemoneypipeline.com:

Resources Available from First Street Foundation: https://firststreet.org/research-lab/published-research/ 

 October 11, 2021 Article about new research from the First Street Foundation

“Highlights From ‘Infrastructure on the Brink’” with link to REPORT The 3rd National Risk Assessment

October 1, 2021 Peer Reviewed Research from First Street Foundation. Research by Dr. Jeremy Porter; Mike Amodeo; Evelyn Shu, Ho Hsieh; Neil Freeman and Ziyan Chu

“Community Flood Risk and Infrastructure: Examining National Impacts Using a High Precision Risk Assessment Tool”

FloodFactor: Defining America’s Past, Present, and Future Flood Risk (Free online tool)

Available on ProPublica:

Sept. 15, 2021 Climate Migration Feature by Al Shaw, Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica and Jeremy W. Goldsmith

“New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States”

https://projects.propublica.org/climate-migration/

See Interfaith Power & Light https://www.interfaithpowerandlight.org  “A Religious Response to Global Warming”

Many resources available

Available on The Center for Biological Diversity:

October 7, 2021  Press Release  

“Hundreds of Scientists Tell Biden: Halt Fossil Fuel Development Now:

Top Scientist Back Demands of People vs Fossil Fuels Mobilization”

https://biologicaldiversity.org/w/news/press-releases/hundreds-of-scientists-tell-biden-halt-fossil-fuel-development-now-2021-10-07/

Available on People vs Fossil Fuels: https://peoplevsfossilfuels.org :

October 16, 2021 Press Release by People vs Fossil Fuels

“The Capitol; 90 Arrested at Capitol; Total Arrests at 655 for the Week”

Oct. 11- 15, 2021 Build Back Fossil Free’s People vs Fossil Fuels Week of Action Nonviolent civil disobedience

“Join us in Washington, D.C. to demand  A fossil free future” Invitation to join action in DC

https://peoplevsfossilfuels.org/invitation/  (MOVCA was represented)

October 8, 2021 News

“338 Scientists Tell Biden to Build Back Fossil Free”

Available on Indigenous Environmental Network https://www.ienearth.org : (missed from previous reports)

 August 2021 New REPORT by Dallas Goldtooth & Alberto Saldamando of IEN and Kyle Gracey (OCI)

“Indigenous Resistance Against Carbon” Summary and link to download 

September 22, 2021 8pm Webinar featuring Indigenous resistors from the frontlines and report authors from IEN and OCI

Posted Sept. 23, 2021 “Indigenous Resistance to Carbon Report Webinar” Indigenous Environmental Network recording:

Available on Inside Climate News:

October 22, 2021 Environmental Justice article by Katie Surma, ICN reporter from Pittsburgh

“To Stop Line 3 Across Minnesota, an Indigenous Tribe Is Asserting the Legal Rights of Wild Rice”

Available on Oil Change International (OCI) http://priceofoil.org :

October 12, 2021 Press Release by Collin Rees about new REPORT  by OCI with link to report.

“New REPORT: Emissions from Proposed U.S. Fossil Fuel Projects Equivalent to Doubling U.S. Coal Plants if Biden Approves Construction”

http://priceofoil.org/2021/10/12/new-report-emissions-biden-fossil-projects/ 

October 12, 2021  Briefing by OCI Team

“Briefing: Greenhouse Gas Pollution Estimates of Proposed U.S. Fossil Infrastructure”

http://priceofoil.org/2021/10/12/biden-ghg-fossil-fuel-projects/ 

Available on Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL):

Post October 2021 Announcement of new REPORT by CIEL & GAIA with support of Plastics Solutions Fund

“Plastic is Carbon: Unwrapping the ‘Net Zero’ Myth”

Available on The Guardian:

 October 21, 2021 Climate article by Maya Yang. About new REPORT by Bennington College’s Beyond Plastics project.

“US plastics to outstrip coal’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, study finds” American plastics industry, described by experts as ‘the new coal’, releasing at least 232m tons of gas annually

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/21/plastics-greenhouse-gas-emissions-climate-crisis

Available on Beyond Plastics:  

October 2021 REPORT by Beyond Plastics at Bennington College  Report’s major author is Jim Vallette

The New Coal: Plastics and Climate Change

https://www.beyondplastics.org/plastics-and-climate

Some MORE WORTHWHILE  READS/LISTENS:

Available on NBC News: 

October 7 , 2021 White House News by Lauren Egan

“Biden administration releases alarming reports on climate change challenges” The reports from 23 federal agencies examine how climate change will disrupt nearly all aspects of life including more traffic and disease.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/biden-administration-releases-alarming-reports-climate-change-challenges-n1281036

Available on National Geographic:

October 5, 2021 Article by Kieran Mulvaney

“How Climate Models got so Accurate They Earned a Noble Prize”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/how-climate-models-got-so-accurate-they-earned-a-nobel-prize

Available on EarthBeat “Stories of climate crisis, faith and action”:

October 21, 2021   Article by West Virginia Interfaith Power & Light Steering Committee

“West Virginia faith community to Joe Manchin: Listen to Pope Francis, support bold climate investments that benefit our state”

https://www.ncronline.org/news/earthbeat/west-virginia-faith-community-joe-manchin-listen-pope-francis-support-bold-climate

Available on Common Dreams:

October 13, 2021 by Jake Johnson

“IEA Sends Clear Message to World Leaders: Stop Investing in New Oil and Gas”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/10/13/iea-sends-clear-message-world-leaders-stop-investing-new-oil-and-gas

HBO: October 4, 2021 “PFAS: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)”

John Oliver discusses PFAS — a class of chemicals linked to an array of health issues — and why their widespread use isn’t as magical as it may seem