Suggested Readings for February 2023

MOVCA January 2022 Selected Media Postings

Compiled by Cindy Taylor

Appearing on-line in the Charleston Gazette-Mail:  viewing available only to subscribers

See Articles by Mike Tony, Environment and Energy Reporter

Appearing on-line on WTAP:

January 11, 2023 Article by Chase Campbell and 1:23 minute video

“Reimagine Appalachia holds its third annual strategy summit”

Appearing on-line on

January 11, 2023 Article by Karen Compton

“Indian firm opening two new manufacturing plants in Marshall County with 250 jobs”

Appearing on-line in The REGISTER-HERALD:

January 4, 2023  Article by Joey James, Morgantown

“Abandoned mine funds can create jobs”

Appearing on-line in The Times Leader:

January 18, 2023  Community News Article

“MWCD new solar energy program to reduce carbon footprint, enhance sustainability”

Appearing on-line in The Mountain State Spotlight:

January 24, 2023 WV Legislature Article by Alexa Beyer, Environment and Energy Reporter

“West Virginia coal industry pushes for state office to recruit miners, promote coal benefits”

Available on-line on (Pittsburgh area):

January 20, 2023 Letter-to-Editor by Joanne Kilgour, Ex. Director Ohio River Valley Institute with co-signers

“Joanne Kilgour: Future of Southwestern PA – decades of good-paying clean green jobs”

Appearing on Public News Service:

January 31, 2023 Article by Nadia Ramiagan, producer  Text and audio

“Report: WV Taxpayers Burdened by Anti-Sustainable Investing Laws”

Appearing on-line on ReImagine Appalachia:

January 10, (11 a.m. – 2:15 p.m).  & 11 (11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)   ReImagine Appalachia’s 2023 Virtual Strategic Summit

  Focusing on opportunities for Appalachia from the federal climate infrastructure package–including the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CHIPS Act, ARPA and the Inflation Reduction Act– how do we maximize the benefits to the communities in our region? How do we ensure jobs created come with family-sustaining wages and benefits? That we are creating new opportunities for coal industry workers and historically-marginalized groups? And that we are doing our region’s part to achieve climate neutrality

January 3. 2023 Blog Article Post by Natalia Rudiak

“ “Winning the Win” with Community Benefits Agreements! How can we set Appalachia up for success?”

Appearing on-line on Ohio River Valley Institute :

January 30, 2023 Article by Ben Hunkler. ORVI Communications Manager

“2022 in Review”

January 17, 2023 Research article by Ted Boettner

“First Tranche of Orphan Well Funds Out the Door”

January 12, 2023 Research article by Ted Boettner and Kathy Hippie

“Diversified Energy’s Questionable Financial Practices Continue in 2022”

Available from West Virginia Rivers:

Jan 28 – February 23, 2023 Winter Lunch & Learn Webinar Series – Thursdays at Noon for description and registration:

    Jan. 28:PFAS; in Untreated Drinking Water; Feb.2: Mountain Valley Pipeline & how to comment on Permit Approvals;  Feb.9: Methane, Climate Change and how to comment on EPA Regulations; Feb. 16: WV Public Lands; Feb.23: What is Blue Hydrogen?

See also:  “Water Policy News: First Update of the 2023 Session”  and “Second Update”(Jan. 27) with links for action, educational resources, etc.

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

January 30, 2023 Article by Curtis Tate

“Report: Renewables Now Cheaper Than Coal Plants In West Virginia”

January 26, 2023 Government Feature by WVPB staff, Reporter Curtis Tate  Audio link and text summary

“West Virginia Morning – Energy Issues And Housing Costs”  (Del. Bill Anderson, R-Wood, Chair House Energy Committee and Del. Kayla Young, D-Kanawha, Minority Vice Chair are interviewed)

January 26, 2023 Local News Article by Ann Thompson   

“Ohio is seen as a test state for solar farms. An increasing number of counties are banning them”

January 18, 2023  Energy and Environment Article by Shepherd Snyder    Text and 0.56 audio

“Harpers Ferry Enters Agreement With FirstEnergy To Support Statewide Solar Farm Construction”

January 10, 2023 Energy and Environment article by Curtis Tate

“Advocates Pitch Community Solar To State Lawmakers. Some Say No”

January 3, 2023 Energy and Environment article by Curtis Tate

“PSC Gives Mon Power Until March 31 To Evaluate Pleasants Purchase”

RESOURCES, RESEARCH, and SOLUTIONS and other articles Relevant to our region:

Available from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

January 12, 2023 Summary of NOAA’s 2022 annual global climate report.

“2022 was world’s 6th-warmest year on record”

See information available on Downstream Strategies: Ideas that sustain:

“Renewable energy analysis”  Downstream Strategies contact is Joey James

Available on Defend The Atlanta Forest:

January 2023 Sign-on to movement to stop Cop City & defend the Weelaunee Forest (MOVCA is a signatory)

Available on Government Technology: solutions for state and local government:

January 12, 2023 Policy article by Mike Tony (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

“West Virginia Hydrogen Hub Reports Federal Encouragement”

Available on Clean Energy Group:

January 18, 2023 Article by Seth Mullendore, Clean Energy Group

“Looking Back: Five Energy Equity Takeaways from 2022”

January 4, 2023 Article by Abbie Ramanan, Clean Energy Group

“The Top Five Fossil Fuel Industry Myths about Hydrogen”

 Article includes link to recording of Dec. 15, 2022 webinar “Environmental Justice Strategies for Hydrogen Opposition”

Available on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Facts:

See  for links to the following articles and links to media resources:

“What is Carbon Capture and Storage”

“What are Carbon Pipelines?”

“What is Carbon Use?”

“What is Carbon Storage?”

Available on Science and Environmental Health Network:

January 19, 2023  Article by Sandra Steingraber, SEHN senior scientist

“Gas Stoves: The Fracking Tailpipe in Your Kitchen”

Available on The New York Times:

January 29, 2023  Article by Hiroko Tabuchi

“In the Fight Over Gas Stoves, Meet the industry’s Go-To-Scientist”

January 12, 2023 Climate Article by Hiroko Tabuchi

“Exon Scientists Predicted Global Warming, Even as Company Cast Doubts, Study Finds”

January 6, 2023   Climate Article

“The Plastic Problem”

Available on-line in the journal Science:

January 13, 2023  Review of Climate Projection Study by G. Supran, S. Rahmstorf, and N. Oreskes

“Assessing ExxonMobil’s global warming projections”

Available on Inside Climate News:

January 30, 2023 Clean Energy Article by Dan Gearino

“New Wind and Solar Are Cheaper Than the Costs to Operate All But One Coal-Fired Power Plant in the United States”

       Link to Energy Innovation Policy & Technology’s  Jan 29th Report –  Coal Cost Crossover 3.0 Local Renewables Plus Storage Create New Opportunities For Customer Savings and Community Reinvestment.

January 26, 2023 Article by Dan Gearino

“When Will We Hit Peak Fossil Fuels? Maybe We Already Have?”

  link to RMI report Peak Fossil Fuel Demand for Electricity: 

January 19, 2023 Article by Dan Gearino

“Renewables Projected to Soon Be One-Fourth of US Electricity Generation. Really Soon” Latest EIA report shows renewable generation is about to cross the 25 percent mark, while coal and natural gas lose ground.

January 19, 2023 Science Article by James Brugg

“ ‘Advanced’ Recycling of Plastic Using High Heat and Chemicals Is Costly and Environmentally Problematic, A New Government Study Finds”

January 6, 2023   Politics and Policy Article by James Bruggers

“Congress Urges EPA to Maintain Clean-Air Regulations on Chemical Recycling of Plastics” Lawmakers say chemical recycling contributes to climate change, perpetuates environmental injustice and does not advance a circular economy.

January 5, 2023 Inside Clean Energy Article by Dan Gearino

“Four Big Things to Expect in Clean Energy in 2023”

January 2, 2023 Article by Katie Surma

“Nearly 200 Countries Approve a Biodiversity Accord Enshrining Human Rights and the ‘Rights of Nature’

January 1, 2023 Fossil Fuels Article by Nicholas Kusnetz

“2022 Will Be Remembered as the Year the U.S. Became the World’s Largest Exporter of Liquified Natural Gas”

Available on

January 18, 2023 News Article by Carrie Ghose which was published in The Business Journals (

“Battelle, Viking Global spin off startup that destroys ‘forever’ pollutant PFAS‘forever’-pollutant-pfas

See also:

January 17, 2023 Press Release by Battelle Media Relations

“Battelle, Viking Global Investors Launch Revive Environmental”

Available from Yale Climate Connections:

January 27, 2023 Article by Michael Svoboda

“Want to take action on climate change? These books can help.” Twelve titles offer practical advice for people who want to help protect the climate

January 23, 2023 Article by Karin Kirk

“Myths about fossil fuels and renewable energy are circulating again. Don’t buy them”

January 13, 2023 Article by Sarah Wesseler

“Can induction stoves convince home cooks to give up gas?”

January 12, 2023 Article by Jeff Masters

“2022 was one of Earth’s six warmest years on record” The past eight years have been the eighth warmest record, according to NOAA and NASA

January 9, 2023 Policy and Politics Article by Dana Nuccitelli, research coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby

“2022 was a remarkable year for the climate. Here’s what to expect in 2023” Get ready for more hot weather- and the rapid deployment of clean technologies. 

January 6, 2023 Policy and Politics Article by Samantha Harrington

“Checklist: How to take advantage of brand-new clean energy tax credits” Whether you need windows, a furnace, a car, or a rooftop solar system, new tax breaks are available through the Inflation Reduction Act to help you save money and go green

Available online from The Guardian:

January 30, 2023 Article by Oliver Milman

“US renewable energy farms outstrip 99% coal plants economically – study” It is cheaper to build solar panels or cluster of wind turbines and connect them to the grid than to keep operating coal plants.

January 28, 2023  Article by Zoe Dutton

“Can board games teach us about climate crisis? Game creators say yes”

January 23, 2023  Energy – Damian Carrington, Environment editor interviews Prof Mark Jacobson

“’No miracles needed’: Prof Mark Jacobson on how wind, sun and water can power the world”

January 13, 2023 Article by Tom Perkins

“Bills to regulate toxic ‘forever chemicals’ died in Congress – with Republican help” Lobbying industry flexed muscle to ensure bills that aimed to set stricter standards on PFAS compounds went nowhere.

Available on-line:  oil & gas THREAT MAP:      

 The Threat Map is an excellent tool: Find out if your home or child’s school is in the oil & gas threat radius.