Suggested Readings for October 2022

MOVCA September 2022 Selected Media Postings

Compiled by Cindy Taylor

Appearing online in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel: 

September 29, 2022   Business article by Steven Allen Adams

“Plugging In: Feds approve West Virginia electric vehicle charging station plans”

September 17, 2022  Local News by  Steven Allen Adams

“Natural gas-fired power carbon capture plant coming to W.Va.: Manchin touts Inflation Reduction Act

Appearing on-line in the Charleston Gazette-Mail:

September 29, 2022 Op-Ed by Eric Engle

“Don’t be fossil fooled”

September  28, 2022 Energy and Environment article by Mike Tony

“WV to head energy leader-laden hydrogen hub bid that critics see as boondoggle”

      Eric Engle is quoted, “It’s green hydrogen or no hydrogen” . . . “The Ohio River Valley and the states of West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania cannot handle another fossil-fuels-driven monstrosity like this hub.”

September  27, 2022 Energy and Environment article by Mike Tony

“Manchin pulls plug on plan to include permitting reform proposal in stopgap spending measure”

September  26, 2022 Energy and Environment article by Mike Tony

“Environmentalists say public input, community protection on the line amid Manchin’s bid to slash NEPA timelines”

September 9, 2022 Op-Ed by Eric Engle

“Eric Engle: Manchin’s pipeline deal will devastate Appalachia”

September 3, 2022 Energy and Environment article by Mike Tony

“Found in dozens of WV public water systems, PFAS provoking more aggressive action in other states and at federal level”

Appearing on 12 WBOY:

September 1, 2022 News Article by Alexandra Weaver

“Here’s how to register to vote in West Virginia”  (You have until Oct. 18th to register to participate in Nov. 8 election)

Appearing on-line on Ohio River Valley Institute :

September 26, 2022 Staff Article about new REPORT with link to download

“A Clean Energy Pathway for Western Pennsylvania”

September 11, 2022 Research Article by Ted Boettner

“First Tranche of Federal Orphan Wells Funds Out the Door”

September 8, 2022  Article by ORVI Staff announcing Global Clean Energy Action Forum (Sept. 22) in Pittsburgh

“ORVI at the Clean Energy Ministerial” with link to receive copy of ORVI’s decarbonization study

September 7, 2022 Research Article by Ben Hunkler with link the recording of the Webinar on same topic.

“Race to the Bottom: Carbon Injection Wells & Hydrogen Development in the Ohio River Valley and Gulf Coast”

August 30, 2022  Article and REPORT by Joe Cullen (missing from August media report)

Coal Plant Community Playbook: An Overview of Federal, State, and Local Resources & Best Practice Examples for Coal Communities

August 29, 2022 Research Article by Eric de Place (missing from August media report)

“Appalachia is Fueling a Global Petrochemical Buildout” Natural gas liquids from the Ohio Valley are poised for major growth enabled by infrastructures decisions.

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

September 29, 2022 Article by Curtis Tate     Text and 0:48 audio

“EPA Doubles Clean School Bus Rebate Program To Near $1Billion”

September 28, 2022 Article by Curtis Tate

“Manchin Bid On Energy Permitting Fails; Capito Sees A Path Forward” Text and 0:47 audio

September 15, 2022 Article by Randy Yohe

“W.Va. Company Brings Green Power Industry To the Nation”

September 2, 2022 Economy Article by Randy Yohe    Text and 1:01 audio

“Nearly $100 Million Coming to Develop Renewable Energy W. Va. Coalfield Industry, Jobs”

August 31, 2022 Energy and Environment Article by Curtis Tate  (missing from August media report)

“Justice, State and Local Leaders Dedicate Green Power Bus Factory”

August 31, 2022 Economy Article and report by Randy Yohe   Text and 1:02 audio  (missing from August media report)

“Electric Pontoon Boat Manufacturing Coming to W.Va.”

NATIONAL ATTENTION & Relevant to our region:

Available on The Hill:

September 20, 2022  Opinion column by Shanti Gamper-Rabindran

“Should taxpayers gamble on blue hydrogen and carbon capture?

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

September 20, 2022  Commentary by Tom Croft, Heartland Capital Strategies

“Capitalizing Change: Appalachia’s Sustainable Finance Hub”

Available on Businesswire:

September 28, 2022  News Article

“State of West Virginia Brings Together Major Energy Companies and Leading Energy Technology Firms to Develop Clean Hydrogen Hub in the Region”: Hub Brings Together Producers, End-Users, World-Class Technology Experts, and Necessary Infrastructure to Advance the Production, Use and Delivery of Hydrogen in Appalachia

Available on E & E NEWS:

September 19, 2022 Article by Carlos Anchondo

“Climate law spurs CCS at new West Virginia gas plant”

Available on DeSmog:

August 31, 2022 Article by Justin Nobel (missing from August report)

“Radioactive Waste ‘Everywhere’ at Ohio Oilfield Facility, Says Former Worker”

Available on Indigenous Environmental Network:

Posted 2022  People vs Fossil Fuels coalition and Stop MVP coalition rally in DC explained with link to registration

“Sept. 8: Mass Resistance To Manchin’s Dirty Pipeline Deal”

Available on CBS NEWS:

September 9, 2022 Article by Aimee Picchi  

Biden’s inflation law offers up to $14,000 for home upgrades. Here’s how to qualify.

Available on AP NEWS:

August 30, 2022 Article by John Raby

“Electric battery maker to locate factory in northern WVa”

Available online on  ELECTREK:

August 30, 2022 Article by Michelle Lewis  (missing from August media report)

“The largest American solar panel maker pledges to build $1B factory in US Southeast”   (OH investments mentioned)

Available on CANARY Media:

August 30, 2022 Article by Julian Spector  (missing from August media report)

“Climate law incentives prompt First Solar to build another US factory”


Available on Inside Climate News:

September 29, 2022 Inside Clean Energy Article  by Dan Gearino

“Feeling Overwhelmed About Going All-Electric at Home? Here’s How to Get Started”: You can’t completely banish fossil fuels from your home in one fell swoop, but some achievable plays are within reach, About Columbus OH area.

Available from Physicians for Social Responsibility:

September 29, 2022  REPORT by Dusty Horwitt, J.d. and Barbara Gottlieb; Data Analysis by Gary Allison

Fracking with “Forever Chemicals” in Ohio: Evidence Shows Oil and Gas Companies Have Used PFAS in Ohio Wells; ‘Trade Secret’ Laws Limit Public’s Ability to Know Full  Extent of Use.

Available online from BBC:

September 13, 2022 Article by Jonah Fisher, Environment Correspondent

“Switching to renewable energy could save trillions – study”

Available online from The Guardian:

September 30, 2021  Article by Michael E. Mann and Susan Joy Hassol

“Hurricane Ian is no anomaly. The climate crisis is making storms more powerful”

September 27, 2021  Article by Damian Carrington

“Huge expansion of  oil pipelines endangering climate, says report” More that 24,000km of pipelines planned around the world, showing ‘an almost deliberate failure to meet climate goals’

September 23, 2022  Article by Tom Perkins

“ ‘Forever chemicals’ detected in all umbilical cord blood in 40 studies” Studies collectively examined nearly 30,000 samples over the past five years in ‘disturbing’ findings.

September 11, 2022 Article by Joan E. Greve

“ ‘Transformational’: could America’s new green bank be a climate gamechanger?”

September 8, 2022 Environment Article by Damian Carrington

“World on brink of five ‘disastrous’ climate tipping points, study finds” Giant ice sheets, ocean currents and permafrost regions may already have passed point of irreversible change’

 included is this link to the RESEARCH article published September 9, 2022 in Science:

September 1, 2022 Opinion sharing new STUDY by Adrienne Matei

“Polling shows that US voters favor climate bills – yet assume fellow Americans don’t”

Available from The American Prospect:  

September 23, 2022 Article by Hannah Story Brown, & Dorothy Slater

“The Problem With Emission Reduction Models” They are partially based on what even some of the modelers acknowledge are faulty data, particularly on methane.

September 1, 2022 Article by Jasmina Burek, Assistant Professor of Engineering. UMass Lowell

“The most cost-effective energy efficiency investments you can make – and how the new Inflation Reduction Act could help”

Available from Yale Climate Connections:

September 2, 2022 Climate Science article by SueEllen Campbell

“These recent pieces take a ‘big picture’ look at the climate challenge” How we as individuals on climate change reflects our broader perspectives on the issue beyond our own first-hand experiences.

Available on    REPEAT Rapid Policy Evaluation and Analysis Toolkit

August 2022  REPORT by Princeton University’s ZERO Lab, Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering, Evolved Energy Research, and Carbon Impact Consulting. Authors: Jenkins, J.D., Mayfield, E.N., Farbes, J., Jones, R., Patankar, N., Xu, Q., & Schivley, G.

“Preliminary Report: The Climate and Energy Impacts of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022”

Resources available from Energy Innovation Policy & Technology LLC:

Including “Modeling The Inflation Reduction Act Using The Energy Policy Simulator” and “Updated Inflation Reduction Act Modeling Using Energy Policy Simulator”   both posted in August 2022

Available from Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (

August 4, 2022  IEEFA brief by Dennis Wamsted and David Schlissel

“IEEFA U.S.: Mothballing of Petra Nova carbon capture project shows likely fate of other coal-fired CCS initiatives”


Suggested by Eric Engle

The Coal Trap: How West Virginia Was Left Behind in the Clean Energy Revolution

By James M. Van Nostrand