The Appalachian Center's partners have identified energy and environmental policy as one of the key areas for eradicating poverty and creating a sustainable future for all communities. To this end, the Center partners with a variety of agencies to create more sustainable environmental and energy policy. The links on this page connect to various resources describing different policy issues and debates pertaining to energy and the environment. They are intended to provide background information, and to generate discussion surrounding these issues.
General Environmental Resources
www.e360.yale.edu - Environment 360: Opinion, Analysis, Reporting, and Debate
www.sustainablebusiness.com - A site with news, stocks, job postings, etc. of sustainable and green businesses
http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/ - New York Times environmental blog
What is clean coal technology?
According to the US Department of Energy: http://fossil.energy.gov/programs/powersystems/cleancoal/
According to Clean Coal Technologies, Inc.: http://www.cleancoaltechnologiesinc.com/
Some say it's a myth:
TIME Magazine, Bryan Walsh, January 10, 2009: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1870599,00.html
Richard Conniff, Yale University, June 2008 http://e360.yale.edu/content/feature.msp?id=2014
The Reality Coalition - a coalition of environmental activist groups: www.thisisreality.org
TVA Fly Ash Sludge Spill in Kingston, TN. Latest news articles and links to more information: www.knoxnews.com (Knoxville News Sentinel)
Mountain Top Removal
www.ilovemountains.org - Activist group opposing Mountain Top Removal
http://www.appvoices.org/index.php?/site/mtr_overview/ - Appalachian Voices "Bringing People Together to Protect Our Mountain Heritage"
What is Mountain Top Removal Mining?
www.mountainjusticesummer.org According to Mountain Justice
What are the benefits of reclamation?
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/mineral/procedure_c/tabid/17895/default.aspxA... to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Supporters of Mountaintop Mining:
Information, links, etc from the EPA: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange
News and analysis from an activist group: http://www.globalwarming.org
2007 Report from NASA: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/GlobalWarming/
News, Analysis, and Data: http://www.sciencedaily.com/articles/earth_climate/global_warming/
How to save energy in your day to day activities:
U.S. Department of Energy
Energy Savers - tips on Saving Energy and Money at home
Green Tips - Environmental Ideas in Action from the Union of Concerned Scientists
Clean Energy Ideas
Articles related to Energy Policy: Science Daily
American Wind Energy Association
An Archive of Articles on Wind Energy, Electricity Feed Laws, & Other Topics Compiled by Paul Gipe
American Solar Energy Society National Solar Tour: Locate a tour near you
How to get started with solar energy
American Solar Energy Society - Established in 1954, the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the nation's leading association of solar professionals & advocates. Our mission is to inspire an era of energy innovation and speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy. We advance education, research and policy.
Articles, Tables, and Commentary on Solar Energy
An article about the complexities of extending use of solar energy around world
Solar Energy Policy: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides billions in investments to increase the use of solar energy, promote energy efficiency, improve financing options and remove market barriers.
What the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 means to you (from the US Department of Energy)
What is biomass energy? From the Union of Concerned Scientists
What is geothermal energy? From the Idaho National Laboratory
Article about the future of geothermal energy
How it works (from the U.S. Geological Survey)
Hydroelectric dam debate (a lesson from the Earth Day Network)
Three Gorges Dam in China - World's largest hydropower project and most notorious dam