Posts by Dan


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Hoots and Hollers Dan Dec 17, 2015
Kentucky Coal Co. Plans = Toxic Dust for West Oakland
Hey Kentucky, I’ve got good news for ya! The death of coal companies has been largely exaggerated. It turns out your coal companies are fine, they are just busy destroying Utah and Oakland now. Oh, and New Mexico and Colorado, too, just as they have destroyed the health and environment of Appalachia for decades. Now, […] More
Issues: PollutionRacial inequalitySocial justice
Hoots and Hollers Dan Sep 24, 2015
Defend Water, Defend Our Future
States with a water scarcity problem, like California, would love access to the amount of water that West Virginia has. While our water may be plentiful here, we have to defend it to keep it clean and usable. More
Issues: Climate changeFrackingHealthMarcellus ShaleMountaintop removalWater
Hoots and Hollers Dan Sep 22, 2015
West Oakland, West Virginia: Solidarity in Stopping Coal Craziness
Stop coal exports. Hopefully, folks in Oakland can build some solidarity with those fighting the dirty and dying coal industry here in Appalachia. More
Issues: Climate changeCoalEnergyHealthMountaintop removalPollutionRacial inequalitySocial justice
Hoots and Hollers Dan May 7, 2015
Step Up: Fight Fracking Pipelines
Fracking pipelines! The tentacles of the gas industry reach across America and the globe, so we must all stand together and work together from different areas affected by the gas industry, and show solidarity to stop this harmful industry and work towards a real renewable future that is more beneficial to us all. We all live downstream. More
Issues: EnergyFrackingHealthPipelinesPollution
Hoots and Hollers Dan Oct 7, 2014
Forward from the Climate March
On September 21, I had the privilege to attend the People’s Climate March in New York City, where more than 400,000 people of all backgrounds came together for the world’s largest march related to climate change. More
Issues: Climate changeEnergy
Our children our future
Hoots and Hollers Dan Jul 11, 2014
Our Children Our Future Policy Workshops Coming Up Soon
CIMG1055 (1024x768) Kids in Huntington, WV learn about gardening. Photo by Tonya Adkins. Now is the time to get involved in the Our Children Our Future campaign to help bring an end to child poverty in West Virginia. Environmental pollution, which brings negative health effects, and the rising costs of energy are directly linked to the problem of child poverty. More
Issues: Clean electionsEnergy efficiencySocial justice
Hoots and Hollers Dan Jul 2, 2014
Why Not Read the Writing on the Wall and Embrace Renewable Energy?
It sadly comes as no surprise after recent statements by UMWA boss Cecil Roberts that he is asking the once proud union to protest EPA's proposed EPA carbon emission standards at a rally outside a public hearing on July 31 in Pittsburgh. More
Issues: Climate changeRenewable energy
Hoots and Hollers Dan Apr 7, 2014
Latest Supreme Court Ruling: Constitutional Amendment Could Fix this Mess
Another disappointing ruling came down from the the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice Roberts lastweek, in which Big Money scored a major victory against average citizens. In McCutcheon v. FEC, the court struck down contribution limits for what one individual can contribute to political campaigns and party committees during an election cycle. More
Issues: Clean electionsSocial justice
Hoots and Hollers Dan Jan 2, 2014
Appalachians Working on Economic Transition
Right before the holiday break in December, I happily attended the Alliance for Appalachia’s Summit on Economic Transition. I went as an OVEC representative, along with OVEC’s founder Dianne Bady. More
Issues: Clean electionsClimate changeEnergy efficiencyMountaintop removalSocial justice
Hoots and Hollers Dan Nov 23, 2013
Past Time for Real Energy Game Changer
As mentioned in the news, OVEC and other environmental groups are troubled by the potential impacts of the proposed cracker plant in Wood County, W. Va. on both air and water quality, just as we are troubled by the gas fracking process as a whole More
Issues: CoalEnergy efficiencyMarcellus ShaleRenewable energy
Fracking waste in our water
Hoots and Hollers Dan Nov 4, 2013
So THEY’RE the Ones Treating Fracking Waste Water….
Questions that I’ve been asking myself lately are, “Who are the companies that are treating the waste water from the fracking process? Who are the corporate players getting in on on this new and lucrative business due to the Marcellus Shale gas drilling boom?” You don’t hear much about these shadowy companies, and maybe for […] More
Issues: Marcellus ShalePollutionSocial justiceWater
Hoots and Hollers Dan Aug 19, 2013
Renewable Energy Good for People, Planet
An exciting new report by Carnegie Mellon challenges the traditional way in which we discuss the benefits of renewable energy generation. The report re-positions renewable benefits in a way that deals with the real world health effects of fossil fuel generation and carbon dioxide displacement that will be necessary going to ensure a sustainable energy […] More
Issues: Climate changeCoalEnergy efficiencyRenewable energy
Hoots and Hollers Dan Aug 13, 2013
Corporate Attacks Show Need for Economic Transition
From Southern West Virginia to Detroit, there is a corporate attack happening on working people’s pensions and benefits. While we hold out hope for a good settlement between the UMWA and Patriot Coal, there was no reason for this situation. Promises were made in exchange for hard work from these miners, and these promises should be […] More
Issues: Clean electionsCoalHealthPollutionSocial justice
Hoots and Hollers Dan Jul 10, 2013
PSC, Hear Us!: Come Out Tuesday, July 16
You have the chance to speak directly to Public Service Commissioners to encourage them to encourage energy efficiency and deny the $1 billion transfer of two expensive coal-fired power plants. The WV Public Service Commission is starting its Evidentiary Hearing on Appalachian Power’s proposal to dump expensive coal-fired power plants on WV consumers on Tuesday, July […] More
Issues: Energy efficiency
Hoots and Hollers Dan May 30, 2013
Solidarity, People
The May 20 rally at the FirstEnergy shareholder meeting in Morgantown, WV, included union members from the Utility Workers Union of America, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) and others protesting over contract negotiations and CEO pay. Also rallying were Sierra Club members, Energy Efficient West Virginia and […] More
Issues: CoalEnergy efficiencySocial justice
Hoots and Hollers Dan Mar 29, 2013
Patriot workers, retirees and their families deserve justice.
After a West Virginia legislative session fraught with bad bills such as the weakening of the selenium standard for streams and making the contents of the toxic fracking fluid a “trade secret,” there were a couple of bright spots this past week.  One of which occurred when The House of Delegates on Monday called for […] More
Issues: CoalHealthSocial justice
Hoots and Hollers Dan Feb 22, 2013
Sign the Clean Elections Petition
We need clean elections and fair courts now. The West Virginia legislature needs to make permanent the successful program for a public campaign finance option in state Supreme Court elections.  No more Don Blankenships! That’s why I created a petition to the West Virginia State House, the West Virginia State Senate, and Governor Earl Ray […] More
Issues: Clean elections
Hoots and Hollers Dan Nov 20, 2012
Victory for Clean Elections
Clean elections scored a big victory on November 6, when Alan Loughry won a seat on the West Virginia State Supreme Court. This surprised many, as he was the only candidate to use public funding and he beat out Tish Chaffin, who used her wealth to donate almost a million dollars to her own campaign. […] More
Issues: Clean elections