Recommended Reading for February 2021

January  2021 –  MOVCA Selected Media Postings

Compiled by Cindy Taylor

Appearing in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel:

Saturday, January 16, 2021 Local Column by Randi Pokladnik, Ph.D.

“Op-ed: Doubtful Mountaineer NGL will store ‘green’ hydrogen”

Thursday January 7, 2021  Local News Article by Tyler Bennett, Staff writer

“Senate flip elevates Manchin to Energy chair”

Eric Engle is quoted.

Appearing on-line in Charleston Gazette-Mail:

Wednesday, January 27, 2021  Energy and Environment news article by Mike Tony, Staff writer

“State and federal environmental priorities come into focus during West Virginia Center on Climate Change Webinar’

January 16, 2021 Energy & Environment News Article by Mike Tony, Staff writer

“Electric resource plans suggest hotly contested path to WV’s energy future”

Includes quotes from Autumn Long (SUN WV), Emmett Pepper (Energy Efficient WV) & Karen Ireland (Sierra Club WV)

Appearing on-line in Herald-Dispatch, Huntington, WV:

January 12, 2021 News article by Taylor Stuck, reporter

“Final equipment arrives for Marshall’s composting facility”

Appearing on-line in WV News:

Sunday, January 24, 2021 Article by Charles Young, Senior Staff Writer

“Del. Evan Hansen plans bills to create jobs, address West Virginia’s lack of renewable energy”

Appearing on-line in The Bargain Hunter (Weekly news magazine serving Ohio Counties: Holmes, Tuscarawas, Wayne, and the surrounding area. Stark, Medina, Summit and Cuyahoga):

Monday, January 28, 2021 Column  by Randi Pokladnik, Ph.D.

“When the ability to dissent is taken away”

Sunday, January 17 Column  by Randi Pokladnik, Ph.D.

“Greenwashing hydrogen gas as a clean fuel source”

Tuesday, January 13 Column by Michelle Wood, Holmes County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)

“ ‘I wish I were hiking,’ she said, her voice trailing”

Friday, January 1, 2020 Column by Randi Pokladnik

“Ignorance is bliss in the U.S.”

Available on-line at West Virginia Rivers:

January 15, 2021 News blog by WV Rivers

“Changes to Important Water Quality Permit by WVDEP”

Appearing on-line in  Hoots and Hollers  a blog of Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC):

January 23, 2021 blog requesting action

“Ask Biden to Solve Plastic Pollution Crisis With Eight Executive Actions”

January 22, 2021 blog about the Jan. 9th Anniversary event marking the spill on the Elk River w. link for viewing

“ICYMI: Remembering the WV Water Crisis”

January 22, 2021 blog  summarizing forum with links for viewing.

“ICYMI: Congressional Committee’s Environmental Justice Now Tour: Appalachia”

January 13, 2021 Article by Randi Pokladnik

“The Myth of Green Hydrogen”

January 12, 2021 Article by Dustin White

“DEP’s Belle Explosion Air Quality Statement Is Just Hot Air”

Available on-line Inside Climate News:

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Article by James Bruggers, Reporter, Southeast, National Environment Reporting Network

“The Senate’s New Point Man on Climate Has Been the Democrat’s Most Fossil Fuel-Friendly Senator”

West Virginia’s Joe Manchin once shot a hole in a climate bill in a campaign as. People who know him say his views have since evolved

Appearing on-line in WV Metro News – the Voice of West Virginia:

January 8, 2021 News article by Marsha Chwalik, Staff writer

“Former DuPont site to be utilized for solar energy”

Appearing on-line on  5 WDTV:

January 25, 2021 by WSAZ News Staff

“Marshall University to go plastic-free by 2026”

Appearing on-line in WV Public Broadcasting and WOUB (PBS):

Friday, January 24, 2021 Energy & Environment News by Mason Adams

“Two Months After Judge Ordered Them Down, Tree-Sitters Still Block Mountain Valley Pipeline”

Omitted from Last month listing:

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Energy & Environment News by Liz McCormick (Text and Audio)

“Putnam Co. Man Identified As Fatality In Belle Chemical Plant Explosion”


Available On-Line ReImagine Appalachia  ( hosted these Zoom events:

Friday, January 15, 2021 , 7am  Zoom discussion, posted live to Facebook

“Senator Brown Roundtable on the Intersection of Manufacturing and Climate Change”

Senator Sherrod Brown discussed the intersection of manufacturing and climate change.

Tuesday January 12, 2021 Live Zoom summit, posted to Facebook.

“2021 Strategy Summit: Securing a New Deal that Works for Us”

A discussion by a panel of experts on how to achieve a 21st Century sustainable Appalachia & shared prosperity in the region

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 1pm Live posted to Facebook  (part of Live summit)

“Appalachian Mayors Panel” moderated by Erika Strassburger, Pittsburgh City Councilmember

 Panelists: Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh, PA; Stephen T. Williams, Mayor of Huntington, WV; Jamael Tito Brown, Mayor of Youngstown, OH; Steve Patterson, Mayor of Athens, OH

WEBINAR/ online Zoom

Monday, January 25, 2021  Zoom Program Hosted by West Virginia Center on Climate Change

“What Now?- – Climate Solutions in 2021, and Securing a Just Transition for West Virginia”

Webinars/Public Events held by other Coalition Partners:

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Public Event hosted by Concerned Ohio River Residents, OVEC, Buckeye Environmental Network & Ohio Poor People’s Campaign

“Mountaineer NGL Storage Facility Community Meeting”

Hear from advocates, experts, and legal professionals about the risks associated with the Mountaineer NGL Storage facility

January 21, 2021, 3pm  Program hosted by Ohio Citizen Action

“Moving Forward on Ohio Energy Issues in 2021: HB6 and Beyond”

A conversation with Rachael Belz, Ohio Citizen Action, & SeMia Bray, Advocate for Equity &Sustainability Black Environmental Leaders

For registration and info :

Presented by West Virginia Interfaith Power & Light:

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 4:00- 5:00 PM  On-Line Zoom Panel and Community Discussion

“Holding Water in WV: A Community Discussion”

Registration required.

Presented by The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC)  

January 9, 2021 5pm    OVEC hosted Zoom event occurring on 7th anniversary of Elk River spill, posted to Facebook

“Remembering the WV Water Crisis: Panel Discussion”

January 8, 2021 Press Release about January 9, 2021 Event

“5th Anniversary of the Paris Agreement Celebration – A WV Online Celebration”: Panel discussion and special performance from WV musical artists

Citizens’ Climate Lobby – selections from December Conference

December 9, 2020 “Motivational Climate Presentations”

CCL Silicon Valley North Chapter members, Yifei Huang and Irene Yang, show how to use personal narratives to schedule and deliver motivational presentations to bring people together as a community, and drive them towards climate action.

December 8, 2020 “Introduction & Opening Keynote Panel- Hahrie Han (Pol. Sci professor at Johns Hopkins U), Shi-Ling Hsu (Law professor at Fl. State U), John Wood, Jr, Braver Angels. Moderated by Mark Reynolds, CCL ex. Director

December 8, 2020  “Youth Action: Perspectives and Strategies Coast to Coast”

December 8, 2020 “Empowering the Climate Generation” presented by Clara Fang, CCL Student Engagement Coordinator

December 7, 2020 “Talking to Conservatives – What’s Working”


Hosted by the Mind & Life Institute (

January 10, 2011  Live webcast from Dharamsala, HP, India organized by the Mind & Life Institute

“The Dalai Lama in Conversation with Greta Thurnberg and Leading Scientists”-  A Conversation on the Crisis of Climate Feedback Loops