Suggested Readings for August

MOVCA July 2022 Selected Media Postings

Compiled by Cindy Taylor

Appearing in The Marietta Times:

July 15, 2022 Local News Article

“Facility faces explosion”

https://www.mariettatimes.com/news/local-news/2022/07/facility-faces-explosion/

July 14, 2022 Local News Article
“Chemours to Challenge EPA’s GenX guideline”

https://www.mariettatimes.com/news/local-news/2022/07/chemours-to-challenge-epas-genx-guideline/

July 14, 2022 Neighborhood News Article

“Lombard receives two sustainable agriculture grants”

https://www.mariettatimes.com/news/2022/07/lombard-receives-two-sustainable-agriculture-grants/

July 13, 2022 Local News article

“Chemours seeks court review of GenX health advisory”

https://www.mariettatimes.com/news/2022/07/chemours-seeks-court-review-of-genx-health-advisory/

July 11, 2022 Neighborhood News

“Ohio River Basin restoration plan meeting”

https://www.mariettatimes.com/news/2022/07/ohio-river-basin-restoration-plan-meeting/

Appearing online in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel: 

July 23, 2022 Local Column by Isaac Brown, Executive Director of the Center for Methane Emissions Solutions

“Op-ed: Make the most of methane”

https://www.newsandsentinel.com/opinion/local-columns/2022/07/op-ed-make-the-most-of-methane/

July 15, 2022 Local News article by Evan Bevins

“Explosion at Parkersburg recycling plant accidental” Silicone recycling facility site of early morning blast.

https://www.newsandsentinel.com/news/local-news/2022/07/explosion-at-parkersburg-recycling-plant-accidental/

July 2, 2022 Article from WVU Today

“West Virginia University training next generation of toxicologists to analyze air from mining, fracking sites”

https://www.newsandsentinel.com/news/business/2022/07/west-virginia-university-training-next-generation-of-toxicologists-to-analyze-air-from-mining-fracking-sites/

See also original article: Appearing on WVUTODAY:

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 News release by Cassie Thomas, Director, Communications and Marketing WVU School of Medicine

New WVU program trains next generation of toxicologists to collect, analyze air samples from mining, fracking sites”

https://wvutoday.wvu.edu/stories/2022/06/21/new-wvu-program-trains-next-generation-of-toxicologists-to-collect-analyze-air-samples-from-mining-fracking-sites

Appearing on-line in the Charleston Gazette-Mail:

July 30, 2022 Energy and Environment Article by Mike Tony

“Manchin-backed budget bill prompts concern with climate compromises but gives hope for clean energy breakthroughs”

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/energy_and_environment/manchin-backed-budget-bill-prompts-concern-with-climate-compromises-but-gives-hope-for-clean-energy/article_c2a31de5-74e6-5d86-9652-cb984cdcfeb3.html

July 23, 2022   Energy and Environment Article by Mike Tony

“Budget hawks, energy experts challenge Manchin’s claims that climate spending would worsen inflation”

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/energy_and_environment/budget-hawks-energy-experts-challenge-manchins-claims-that-climate-spending-would-worsen-inflation/article_45724a44-efef-5eed-8034-d3d294d07518.html

July 21, 2022  Energy and Environment Article by Mike Tony

“DEP indicates it won’t reassess PFAS discharge limits until permit reissuances despite sharply lower new EPA advisory levels”

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/energy_and_environment/dep-indicates-it-wont-reassess-pfas-discharge-limits-until-permit-reissuances-despite-sharply-lower-new/article_0ecc5f44-04f5-5069-ae79-781c103cfd36.html

July 15, 2022   Energy and Environment Article by Mike Tony

“Manchin’s latest pushback leaves climate action in peril”

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/politics/manchins-latest-pushback-leaves-climate-action-in-peril/article_e881c3bf-092e-5c7f-a487-a27e80b8a719.html

  Eric Engle as MOVCA board president is quoted

See also same article which appeared in  Herald-Dispatch.

https://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/manchin-s-latest-pushback-leaves-climate-action-in-peril/article_38e3d477-a338-500f-a0d1-ce365baad68e.html

Available on WTAP:

July 27, 2022 News feature by Laura Bowen    Text and video

“ODOT considers bringing electric vehicle infrastructure to Marietta”

https://www.wtap.com/2022/07/28/odot-considers-bringing-electric-vehicle-infrastructure-marietta/

July 21, 2022 CNN feature appeared on WTAP

“US Postal Service to make 40% of its delivery trucks electric”

https://www.wtap.com/2022/07/21/us-postal-service-make-40-its-delivery-trucks-electric/#l5wkovl80rivyc6i3osi

Available on WCHSTV.com  Eyewitness News:

July 13, 2022 Article by Hannah Cline   Text and Video

“South Charleston receives first electric school busses from GreenPower”

https://wchstv.com/news/local/greenpower-delivers-very-first-electric-school-busses-to-south-charleston

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

July 28, 2022 Political Article by Deepa Shivaram

“Inflation and climate change tackled in new Senate deal that Biden calls ‘historic’”

https://www.npr.org/2022/07/28/1114242765/inflation-climate-change-senate-bill-manchin-biden

July 28, 2022 Climate Article by Scott Neuman

“With Manchin deal, talk of Biden’s climate emergency declaration may be dead”

https://www.npr.org/2022/07/28/1114236764/manchin-climate-bill-biden-climate-emergency

July 20, 2022 Short Wave podcast hosted by Emily Kwong with Rebecca Hersher, Margaret Cirino, Gabriel Spitzer

“Keeping Score On Climate: How We Measure Greenhouse Gases” 14 minute listen

https://www.npr.org/2022/07/18/1112126907/keeping-score-on-climate-how-we-measure-greenhouse-gases

July 7, 2022 Climate article by Rebecca Hersher    text and 4 minute audio

“Researchers can now explain how climate change is affecting your weather”

https://www.npr.org/2022/07/07/1107814440/researchers-can-now-explain-how-climate-change-is-affecting-your-weather

July 1, 2022  Environment Article by Juana Summers, Kat Lonsdorf, Mallory Yu    Text & 6-min audio

“The EPA prepares for its ‘counterpunch’ after the Supreme Court ruling”

https://www.npr.org/2022/07/01/1109486052/epa-supreme-court-emissions-target-ruling

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

June 24, 2022 Article by Ted Boettner, Stephen Herzenberg (missing from June media report)

“RECOMPETE Act Offers Support for Realizing ReImagined Appalachian Communities”

June 22, 2022 Article by Sean O’Leary (missing from June media report)

“What A Pennsylvania Hydrogen and Carbon Capture Hub Would Cost”

Available from Sierra Club, Ohio Chapter 

Plastic Free July: https://www.sierraclub.org/ohio/plastic-free-july

NATIONAL ATTENTION & Relevant to our region:

Available on Route Fifty (Connecting state and local government leaders):

July 20, 2022 Article by Amanda Woodrum, Co-Director, Campaign to ReImagine Appalachia

“It’s Time for a  New Development Strategy in Coal Country”

https://www.route-fifty.com/finance/2022/07/new-development-strategy-coal-country/374706/

Available on US Postal Service:

July 20, 2022 Press release

“Postal Service Modernization Enables Expande3d Electric Vehicle Opportunity”

https://about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2022/0720-postal-service-modernization-enables-expanded-electric-vehicle-opportunity.htm

Available on The Center for Biological Diversity:

July 29, 2022 Press release by Center for Biological Diversity, Food and Water Watch, and Fossil Free Media

“Hundreds of Climate, Community Groups Tell Biden, Congress: No Fossil Fuel Expansion in Reconciliation Bill”

https://biologicaldiversity.org/w/news/press-releases/hundreds-of-climate-community-groups-tell-biden-congress-no-fossil-fuel-expansion-in-reconciliation-bill-2022-07-29/

MOVCA signed on

Available on Politico:

July 14, 2022  updated July 15, 2022 Article by Burgess Everett

“Manchin’s Offer to Dems: Take a health care deal or try again”

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/14/manchin-rejects-climate-tax-elements-of-party-line-dem-bill-00046018

Available on Inside Climate News:

July 29, 2022  Clean Energy article by Dan Gearino

“The Energy Transition Runs Into a Ditch in Rural Ohio”

  This story is the first in a series about the conflict over solar power in Williamsport, Ohio, reported in partnership with ABC News

July 19, 2022 Article by Kristoffer Tique

“Extreme Weather Grips the Globe as Nations Struggle to Take Climate Action”

     WV Senator Joe Manchin’s actions killing climate legislation are cited

July 4, 2022 Justice Article by Samantha Hurley

“With Build Back Better Stalled, Expanded Funding for a Civilian Climate Corps Hangs in the Balance”

Available on Common Dreams:

July 29, 2022 Article by Kenny Stancil

“Climate Coalition to Biden and Schumer: Reject ‘Fossil Fuel Expansion’ in Manchin Deal”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/07/29/climate-coalition-biden-and-schumer-reject-fossil-fuel-expansion-manchin-deal

July 29, 2022 Article by Jake Johnson

“Major Handouts in Manchin Deal “Delighting’ Oil and Gas Industry”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/07/29/major-handouts-manchin-deal-delighting-oil-and-gas-industry

July 15, 2022 Article by Jake Johnson

“Biden Urged to Respond to Manchin by Killing West Virginia Fracked Gas Pipeline”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/07/15/biden-urged-respond-manchin-killing-west-virginia-fracked-gas-pipeline

July 2, 2022 Article by Andy Rowell   

“Research Shows Burning More Gas Not the Answer to Energy Crisis”

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/07/02/research-shows-burning-more-gas-not-answer-energy-crisis

Available on The Guardian:

July 20, 2022  News Article by Oliver Milman in NY and David Smith in Washington

“Biden unveils extreme heat plan – but doesn’t declare climate emergency” Initiatives are aimed at helping salvage president’s tattered climate agenda after Joe Manchin delivered a major blow last week

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/20/joe-biden-extreme-heat-plan-climate-speech

Available on the New York Times:

July 28, 2022 Article by Elena Shao

“Seven Key Provisions in the Climate Deal”

July 28, 2022 Article by Lisa Friedman and Brad Plumer

“Surprise Deal Would Be Most Ambitious Climate Action Undertaken by U.S.”

July 23 2022  Opinion by NYT Editorial Board

“Climate Change is Not Negotiable”

July 22, 2022 Opinion by Fahad Manjoo

“Joe Manchin Squanders an Opportunity and Ushers in Despair”

July 7, 2022 Article by Lisa Friedman

“E.P.A. Describes How It will Regulate Power Plants After Supreme Court Setback”

July 1, 2022 Article by Maggie Astor

“As Federal Climate-Fighting Tools Are Taken Away, Cities and States Step Up”

    Athens, OH mentioned.

RESOURCES, RESEARCH, and SOLUTIONS:

Available on Scientific American:

August 1, 2022 Climate Change Article by Naomi Oreskes for August 2022 Scientific American Issue

“Carbon-Reduction Plans Rely on Tech That Doesn’t Exist”

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/carbon-reduction-plans-rely-on-tech-that-doesnt-exist/

Available on The Hill:

July 21, 2022 Energy and Article by Rachel Frazin

“What would declaring a national climate emergency do?”

Available on The Intercept:

July 30, 2022 Article by Justin Mikulka

“Oil and Gas’s Pivot to Blue Hydrogen Is Falling Through” And that’s a really, really good thing.

https://theintercept.com/2022/07/30/blue-hydrogen-climate-oil-and-gas/

Available on CleanTechnica:

July 29, 2022  Clean Transport Article by Tina Casey

“More Electric Vehicles, No More Excuses For US Postal Service” The US Postal Service finally commits to more electric vehicles, and a $3 billion carve-out in the new climate bill should help grease the skids. 

https://cleantechnica.com/2022/07/29/more-electric-vehicles-no-more-excuses-for-us-postal-service/

July 15, 2022 Article by Zachary Shahan

“25.5% Of US Electricity Coming From Renewable Energy” Renewable Energy Keeps Growing in USA

https://cleantechnica.com/2022/07/15/25-5-of-us-electricity-coming-from-renewable-energy/

Available on PHYS.org:

July 28, 2022  Boston University article about new research

“Inefficient building electrification risks prolonging fossil fuel use”

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-inefficient-electrification-prolonging-fossil-fuel.html

July 1, 2022  Article by Bob Yirka  

“Decrease in CO2 emissions during pandemic shutdown shows it is possible to reach Paris Agreement goals”

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-decrease-co2-emissions-pandemic-shutdown.html

Available on Indiancountrytoday.com:

July 8, 2022 Article by Carina Dominguez

“First climate agreement to center Indigenous voices gains international support” The Escazu Agreement establishes the relationship between human rights and environmental protections. The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues urged its member states to adopt it.

https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/first-climate-agreement-to-center-indigenous-voices-gains-international-support

Available on Oil & Gas Threat Map2.0: https://oilandgasthreatmap.com 

  Created by Earthworks; Clean Air Task Force & FracTracker Alliance

Available from Beyond Plastics:

 See Links for Actions you can take: https://www.beyondplastics.org/act

Available on Environmental Health Project.Org: 

Health Impacts & Reporting: https://www.environmentalhealthproject.org/health-impacts

Resources for Parents: https://www.environmentalhealthproject.org/parents 

REGIONAL EVENTS:

July 27, 2022 7 – 8:00 pm Zoom webinar hosted by West Virginia Center on Climate Change

“Blue is the New Green – Labor Unions Tackle the Climate Crisis” Panelists: Steve Crum & Marc Boom

See https://wvclimate.org   to link to recording.

July 26, 2022 2-4PM  Event Promoted by Sierra Club:

“Army Corps Listening Session on Environmental Justice”  Registration required.

  See talking points concerning Nationwide Permit 12 and environmental review at link below

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QSe54-JXPUqv2Zsg9MsR2RGxGGtZFE048yPtrxXlNMg/edit

Available from West Virginians For Energy Freedom:

July 19, 4 pm Event by MOVCA, Solar United Neighbors and Energy Efficient WV

“Energy Freedom: How to lower your electric bills”

Free On-line training

July 13, 2022 6:30- 8:00 pm Pubic EVENT held at Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Center, Marietta, OH

Hosted by The National Wildlife Federation, Ohio River Basin Alliance, WV Rivers Coalition and Friends of the Cheat, and MOVCA

“Ohio River Listening Session: Share Your Vision for a Healthy Ohio River”

     Attendees will help set priorities for getting the Ohio River and tributaries back on a path to recovery

See also available on ORSANCO: (Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission): https://www.orsanco.org

 ORSANCO adopted its 2022-2026 Strategic Plan for the Ohio River Basin on June 16, 2022

Available from A-Z Tackling Impacts of Plastic:

July 7, 2022  7:00 pm EVENT online (registration required)

“Understanding the Impacts of the Hydrogen and  Carbon Capture Hub Proposed for the Ohio River Valley” Blue hydrogen and carbon capture technologies are false climate solutions.

Speakers: John Detwiler and Sean O’Leary from ORVI