Recommended readings for May 2021

April 2021 – May 2, 2021  MOVCA Selected Media Postings

Compiled by Cindy Taylor

Appearing in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel:

Monday, April 19, 2021  Community News by Madeline Scarborough, Staff Reporter

“Volunteers, wildlife refuge workers take to the Ohio River for Earth Day cleanup”

Appearing on-line on WTAP (TV)

April 24, 2021 News article  with Video by Laura Bowen, WTAP reporter

“Marietta wraps up its Earth Day celebrations”

 Video shows MOVCA banner & booth display and CCL display at Marietta Armory on Front Street

Appearing on-line in the Charleston Gazette-Mail:

April 30, 2021  Energy and Environment News article by Mike Tony, Staff writer

“DEP to hold public meeting taking input on proposed methanol facility in Pleasants County”

April 14, 2021 Energy and Environment News article by Mike Tony, Staff writer

“Dual reports see economic opportunity in cleaning up abandoned mine lands and wells in WV”

April 8, 2021     Energy and Environment News Article by Mike Tony, Staff writer

“WV Senate approves solar power purchase agreement bill” (House Bill 3310)

The following listings were missing from March report:

March 30, 2021 Energy and Environment News Article by Mike Tony, Staff writer

“WV Senate passes state wind and solar reclamation bonding program”

March 26, 2021   Op-Ed by Keena Mullins, co-owner of Revolt Energy and member Moms Clean Air Force in WV

“Keena Mullins: Clean energy could lift WV out of poverty”

Appearing in Pittsburgh

April 12, 2021 Op-Ed by Erika Strassburger, Pittsburgh City Council

“Other Voices: Biden’s Pittsburgh visit shows the path to shared prosperity in the Ohio River Valley”

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):

April 22, 2021  Column by Dr. Randi Pokladnik

“Marvelous plants of Appalachia’s spring forests”

Appearing on-line on Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) or Hoots and Hollers(blog)  

April 22, 2021 Press Release by Dr. Randi Pokladnik  Includes links for action and educational materials

“Regional Campaign Calls on Grocers to Find Alternative to Single-Use Plastic”       MOVCA signed the letter. Individuals may also sign on see:

Grocers: Help Us Help the Planet. Learn About and Move Away from Plastic Packaging

April 11,  2021 Article by Mary Wildfire & OVEC staff with link for action.

“Mr. President: Senator Manchin Does not Speak for Us on Pipelines”

Link provided to sign on to open letter to Biden to say that Senator Manchin does not speak for West Virginia

    Note- Same day Eric announces on MOVCA’s Facebook that MOVCA signed on and shared opportunity for others:


Appearing on-line on Ohio Valley Resource:

April 23, 2021 Energy & Environment Article by Curtis Tate

“Manchin Is Key to Biden’s Energy, Climate Goals”

April 23, 2021 Energy & Environment Article by Jeff Young

“Energy Secretary Pushes Regional Job Potential From Climate Action”

April 14, 2021 Energy & Environment Article by Katie Myers

“New Research: Reclamation of Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells, Mine Sites Could Create Thousands of Jobs”

April 5, 2021 Energy & Environment Article by Jeff Young

“White House Climate Advisor Sees A Path To A Clean Energy Transition Through Coal Country”

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

May 3, 2021 Energy & Environment News Article by Curtis Tate, Katie Myers

“Power Switch: Solar is Heating Up In The Ohio Valley”

April 29, 2021 Energy and Environment News Article by Duncan Slade

“Manchin Reintroduces Funding Bills For Abandoned Mine Cleanup, Economic Development”

(Angie Rosser is quoted)

April 29, 2021 Government Article by Jeff Brady

“Senate Votes to Restore Regulations On Climate-Warming Methane Emissions” Text and audio

April 23, 2021 Energy & Environment News Article by Jeff Young

“Energy Secretary Pushes Regional Job Potential From Climate Action” Text and audio

NATIONAL Attention:

On-line on Ed Markey, US Senator for Massachusetts website:

April 20, 2021 News Release

“Senator Markey and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez introduce Civilian Climate Corp for Jobs”

Note- Eric Engle as Chairman of MOVCA is quoted

On-line on Concerned Ohio River Residents  (CORR) website:

April 22, 2021 Concerned Ohio River Residents  (CORR) organizer gives testimony to congressional hearing on the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies. House Subcommittee on the Environment.

“CORR Organizer Jill Hunkler Testifies Before Congress Alongside Greta Thunberg”  Text and video

RESEARCH REPORTS and related articles:

Research reports released by Ohio River Valley Institute/ReImagine Appalachia/ PERI:

April 14, 2021 ORVI Article/Blog Post by Eric Dixon & Ted Boettner

“Repairing the Damage from Orphan Wells and Abandoned Mine Lands”

Released Wednesday April 14, 2021 Research report authored by Eric Dixon, research fellow ORVI

Repairing the Damage: Cleaning up the land, air, and water damage by the coal industry before 1977,Version 1.1

Released Wednesday April 14, 2021  Research report  authored by Ted Boettner, research fellow ORVI

Repairing the Damage from Hazardous Abandoned Oil & Gas Wells: A Federal Plan to Grow Jobs in the Ohio River Valley and Beyond

April 9, 2021 ORVI Article/Blog Post by Sean O’Leary

“An Energy State No More: As coal vanishes from the grid, so might West Virginia’s status as an energy state”

Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) Report:

February 24, 2021  Research Report by Robert Pollin, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Shouvik Chakraborty, & Gregor Semieniuk

“Impacts of the Reimagine Appalachia & Clean Energy Transition Programs for West Virginia”

   Includes summary and links to pdf of the report, articles, launch webinar,  infographics & press release & PERI state reports

Infographic:  Building A Clean Energy Economy and Investing in Infrastructure can create 41,100 Jobs in West Virginia

Appearing on-line on  RESOURCES for the FUTURE:

March 31, 2021  Research publication by Alan Krupnik, Joshua Linn, Richard D. Morgenstern, & Dallas Burtraw

Federal Climate Policy 105: The Industrial Sector: An overview of federal policy options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the US industrial sector, from standards to funding for research and development

March 25, 2021 Research publication by Wesley Look, Daniel Raimi, Molly Robertson, Jake Higdon & Daniel Propp

Enabling Fairness for Energy Workers and Communities in Transition: Research from Resources for the Future and   Environmental Defense Fund distills insights from over 100 policies that can support fossil fuel workers and communities in the shift to a low-carbon economy

Selected APRIL on-line EVENTS:

Thursday, April 29, 7-9 p.m. MOVCA Zoom panel discussion after viewing IPL film,  Kiss the Ground

“Are Solutions to the Climate Crisis Right Under Our Feet?”

 Guest speakers included farmers, ag agents, and other folks who know a great deal about how healthy soil and regenerative agriculture could be the keys to rehabilitating the planet. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021  12:00pm by Zoom  Ohio River Discussion (part of series)  sponsored by ORSANCO (Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission), the Ohio River Recreation Trail, the Foundation for Ohio River Education & the National Park Service

“Understanding Microplastics in the Ohio River Basin”  For info and registration:

April 14 & 15, 2021, 1pm  Zoom webinars by ReImagine Appalachia and the Ohio River Valley Institute

“Repairing the Damage: Orphan Wells and Abandoned Mine Lands”

LOCAL GOVERNMENT OUTREACH: series offered by ReImagine Appalachia:

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  on-line Workshop hosted by ReImagine Appalachia:

“Starting Local: An Introduction to Local Government and Passing a Community Resolution”

Hear from community advocates and local electeds to get the inside scoop on how concerned citizens can be more engaged in their community governments. We’ll share examples of successful efforts, lessons learned, and release our new toolkit designed to help people engage in local government by passing community resolutions.  Our community resolution toolkit will contain information on how to pass a community resolution, and draft language for your community to use to show support for an Appalachian Climate Infrastructure plan. Passing these resolutions can be a powerful tool to show federal and state legislators that we want these investments in our communities.

To see the recording of first, April 7th workshop:

More Resources and Toolkits :

Local Government Officials Outreach: Calling for a federally-funded Appalachian Climate Infrastructure Program

Grassroots Outreach – Lots of resources and examples! Regarding how to write and create support for resolution. See: