Shaping Our Appalachian Region Summit


soarAs the coal industry is in steep decline in Eastern Kentucky (Over 6,000 jobs have been lost in the past two years.) and politicians on both sides of the aisle are actually pledging to work together to deal with the problems, this is the time to figure out what we care about, where we want to head, and to share it with others. I was one of some 1,500 people contributing ideas to the mix at the¬†SOAR Conference that was held on December 9th in Pikeville.¬†Governor Beshear has committed to make this a process, one to gather ideas and take action, not a one-time meeting and not just another study. I’m hoping that we can get the ball rolling on a potential partnership to help people who live in old mobile homes that have high energy bills get into something more affordable, that is, a very low-energy home. At the same time it could help keep the electric grid in shape, keep power affordable, create jobs and reduce health impacts of coal-fired power. Never hope, just do!

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