Letter Back from the ‘Clean Energy Future,’ Part C

by admin on January 4, 2021

Chemical cracker plants result in unneeded plastics and excess air pollution

A Love Letter From the Clean Energy Future, Part C

From an Article by Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Magazine, January – February, 2021

Third, we stopped attempts to expand drilling while we reclaimed abandoned wells, mines, and drilling sites. The oil and gas industry was in a precarious place as 2020 came to a close. It was struggling to compete with renewable energy, facing the wrath of communities angry about drilling and pipelines, and grappling with dwindling returns from fracking, which made the industry’s finances look more like a pyramid scheme.

Through on-the-ground organizing, we prevented the fossil fuel industry’s last-gasp attempt to establish new markets for its products. We blocked the construction of more than a dozen proposed fracked-gas export terminals and halted the creation of a new “Cancer Alley” of chemical and plastics plants in the Ohio River valley.

We forced the industry to stop drilling next to homes, schools, and communities. And we secured protection from drilling on Indigenous lands, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Bears Ears National Monument.

Meanwhile, we created jobs for thousands of oil, gas, and coal workers. We put 120,000 people to work plugging over 2 million abandoned oil and gas wells and addressing methane leaks that were roasting our planet.

Congress also passed the RECLAIM (Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More) Act to fund reclamation projects and community-led economic development in Appalachia.

## Part D is scheduled for tomorrow on FrackCheckWV.net.

This Article appeared in the January/February edition of SIERRA with the headline “A Love Letter From the Clean Energy Future.”

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See also: Bipartisan RECLAIM Act passes House as part of infrastructure bill | Steve Valk, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, July 8, 2020

The bill was reintroduced in the 116th Congress in April of 2019 by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and accumulated 65 cosponsors, including 14 Republicans. A Senate version of the bill was introduced by Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-WV) and had 6 Democrat cosponsors, but has died in Committee.

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Adam Wells January 5, 2021 at 3:36 pm


Dear Friends,

We wanted to remind you to join our webinar with the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition for an overview of the Coalition’s most recent report, including exciting new innovative mine land projects, updates on some of our most successful coal land reclamation work, and what’s in store for 2021.

When: January 14, 12:00 p.m.

You’ll hear updates from member organizations Appalachian Voices, Coalfield Development Corporation, Downstream Strategies, and Rural Action.

For a clean energy future,

Adam Wells, Regional Director,
Community and Economic Development,
Appalachian Voices

***** —- Register today ….



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