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Three out of four legal scholars say a Trump impeachment is justified; 700,000 to lose food assistance; and documents show the coal industry knew about climate impacts in the 1960's.

2020Talks - December 5, 2019 


Former VP Joe Biden's on his "No Malarkey" tour across Iowa, while the House Judiciary Committee had its first hearing with constitutional scholars.

Public News Service - WV: Environment

Some West Virginia residents are facing a polluted water crisis partly from industrial runoff. (Adobe stock)

KIMBALL, W.Va. — More than 2 million Americans live without running water and basic indoor plumbing, according to a new report by water access group DigDeep. The report finds lack of clean water hits vulnerable communities in the country particularly hard, including the Navajo Nation in the So

The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition is planning to revamp a deserted coal mine in Morgantown, W. Va., into a composting facility. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – A coalition of development groups in central Appalachia aims to give new life to abandoned coal mines in the region by transforming them into sustainable, environmentally friendly businesses – many in poverty stricken areas. A new report by the Reclaiming Appalachi

Falling solar-panel prices have made renewable energy increasingly reasonable for businesses such as the Twin Spruce Marina in Morgantown. (Twin Spruce Marina)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – This weekend, tours of West Virginia solar sites helped illuminate how sunlight might make more electricity here, and help power the state's economy. Delegate Evan Hansen, D-Monongalia County, says the National Solar Tour brought about 20 people to see the panels on the r

W. Va. House Speaker Roger Hanshaw has a degree in chemistry, but makes his living as an attorney for natural-gas companies. (W. Va. Legislature)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – In an unprecedented statewide video conference on Tuesday, West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw took questions from schoolchildren in the state about climate change. But at no time did he say climate change is a real problem, or even use the phrase. Hans

The Mountain Valley Pipeline is being built on slopes so steep that trucks carrying pipe sections sometimes have to be pulled up by bulldozers. (Alan Moore/Virginians Against Pipelines/Facebook)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Conservation groups want a federal court to halt the troubled Mountain Valley Pipeline, saying it harms rare species of bats and fish. Financial documents from the project's lead company came to light last winter, showing federal regulators had opened an unusual criminal

Supporters argue a storage hub for ethane from natural gas would be key to developing a petrochemical industry that could produce consumer plastics in the northern Ohio Valley. (DOE)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia conservation groups are fighting a plan to use U.S. Department of Energy clean power funds for a huge petrochemical project. The state's congressional delegation is pushing for the Appalachian Storage Hub to get $1.9 billion in loan guarantees designated for

Three Wheels United has won a climate action prize for

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — A group working to get electric rickshaws into polluted Indian cities and a start-up that recycles carbon dioxide from the air to make "cost-competitive" fuel and chemicals, those are two of the ten winners in this second year of the Keeling Curve Prize. The judges looke

Renewable energy provided a greater percentage of U.S. electricity than coal this spring, a pattern observers expect more often as solar and wind power rise and coal declines. (IEEFA/EIA)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – This spring, renewable energy sources for a time generated more electricity than coal in the U.S., according to federal figures. Green energy supporters say West Virginia lawmakers are ignoring that important reality. The numbers fluctuate day to day, but last April 

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