White House to Power Coal Transition to Diversified Economies
For decades, a committed conglomerate of environmental activists in Virginia and across the country has been working on this moment: a presidential pledge to transition to clean energy and funding to create new economies in coal-mining countries.
The massive new White House report on how to reinvigorate and reinvent declining coal communities, deployed almost at the right time, just months after Joe Biden became president.
But it has taken years in the planning for people like Tom Cormons and armies of environmentalists across the country, who have spent decades preparing for this move, which they call the “just transition” of extractive economies. to regenerative economies.
“Considerable progress has been made and is underway. But the scale of the problem is so great. Cormons is executive director of Appalachian Voices, a coal country revitalization advocacy group. “And one piece that was missing is the right scale of federal commitment and investment in this regard.”
But now, a federal task force has identified the 25 most coal-dependent regions in the country. The top four places most dependent on coal? Everything in the Appalachians. And that means they’re on the list of economic and technological support from new and existing government funds, to make the transition to a new, larger economy.
And that means, “This country truly gives back to the communities that have powered the country for the past century.”
Now that the 25 communities across the country hardest hit by coal mine and power plant closures have been selected for revitalization, the next step is to organize town halls in each locality, to hear what the people there are. live say they need it the most.