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August 2009

Floods ... Again
OVEC Organizer Wins International Recognition with Green Nobel
JOBS and Energy Answers for Our WV Mountain Communities
Picnic for Green JOBS
MTR Mining Equipment Taken Off Gauley Mountain For Now
Board Adds Conditions to Disputed Fayette County Mine Permit
Lets Make Sure the Transition to a Clean, Green Energy Future in WV is a Peaceful One
Calling All Potential New OVEC Board of Directors Members!
Congress Doesnt Always Want to Come CLEAN
The CLEAN Citizens Leading For Energy Action Now
American Clean Energy Security Act: Coal Rewarded
Good Gosh, We Could Have Used That Money to Jump Start the Clean Energy Future in America!
Slurry Lawsuit Settlers Frustrated With Wait for Money
Mountains Aided With First-Ever Fundraising Concert in North Carolina
Sludge Safety Project Legislative Session Wrap-Up
DEPs Sludge Study Results: Agency Still Dont Know Nuthin
OVEC Organizer Testifies at Senate MTR Hearing
Thanks for All the Volunteers Who Helped After the Floods
Fighting For Our Ancestors Resting Places
Lobbying for Green Jobs in DC
Growing Movement Demands Protection for Mountains, Climate, Humanity
Environmental Groups Ask EPA to Take Over WV Pollution Permitting
Byrds Eye View: Staffers Get Close-Up Views of Mountain Range Removal
A Good Win in A Critical Federal Court Case Against MTR
Judicial Bill Pulled by Governor
Supreme Court Case Makes WV A National Laughingstock
Eating For OVEC Keeps Raising $$$
Photovoice Participants Capture their Communities in Images
Photovoice Exhibitions Well Covered By Local and Statewide Media
You Dont Have to Go to Copenhagen to Make a Difference
Obama and Mountaintop Removal Mining: The Roller Coaster Ride
New CD Celebrates Coalfield Resistance to Mountaintop Removal
Blair Mountain and the National Register of Historic Places
Ashford Yesterday, Today and Maybe Tomorrow?
Come Home to West Virginia? Buyer Beware!
Louv-ley Day in Charleston
Who Are They Kidding?
Web Extras:
Open Letter to Governor Manchin about Blair Mountain
Matewan, West Virginia

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Winds of Change Newsletter, August 2009     See sidebar for table of contents

Picnic for Green JOBS

Nearly 200 people from West Virginia and Kentucky poured into Southern Community College in Williamson, WV, on June 13 to celebrate the first Energy Independence Day.

Eric Mathis, coordinator of the JOBS Project, an organization working to bring union-friendly cleaner energy projects to the region said, "This holiday is for the coalfield residents who have offered their loved ones, their lives, their health and their freedoms so that we may enjoy the everyday luxuries of electricity. Its also a look forward at how that energy mix will be changing in the future and how we can build on that to lay a foundation for prosperity in Appalachia."

OVEC was the lead partner in organizing the event, which was a mix of celebration and education. Live bluegrass musicians played while folks grabbed food from an impressive array of home cooking between workshops led by speakers from around the country.

One of those presenters, Doug Keaton of NEED (National Energy Education Development Project), is an educator from the Kentucky school system who teaches students to improve energy efficiency and reduce power bills in their high schools. Students who work with Keaton graduate high school with practical job skills they can take straight into the work force.

Keaton says, "Too often people get hung up thinking about green jobs as ones designing wind turbines and solar panels. But those businesses have accountants, secretaries, line workers and a whole array of jobs they bring with them. And with over 1 million renewable job vacancies opening up, there is a huge opportunity for the communities that embrace renewables."

Lisa Daniels, a leading expert on community ownership models for wind farms, noted that a recent study by the Pew Foundation shows that nationally there has been huge growth in the number of green jobs, but West Virginia was one of only eight states that had seen the number of green jobs decrease in the past decade.

She went on further to state, "Its not just about clean energy. Its also about community ownership of those resources. Study after study shows that community ownership brings more money and more jobs to the local economy."

In addition to the educational workshops and videos, the PhotoVoice project from Harts, WV, displayed a collection of photographs depicting the beauty of the region, and many community groups also attended, including OVEC, FRIEnergy, Appalachian Service Project, Genesis Development, and the Civilian Conservation Corps.

The JOBS Project is currently working to identify suitable ridgelines for wind development. For more information, contact Eric Mathis at thejobsproject@gmail.com or (304) 784-0864, and visit www.jobs-project.org.

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