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President Obama, like the Bushes and Clinton before him, is all in on expanding the type of free trade multinational corporations love. Unfortunately, these trade agreements fuel an extractive form of globalization that has negatively impacted jobs and inequality, and have also been devastating for the climate. This week 40 groups—many of them focusing on rural and community-based responses to climate change—wrote Congress calling for the rejection of Fast... read more
The growing movement for divestment from fossil fuels and investment in more sustainable, fossil-free and lower-carbon opportunities has important ramifications for the transition of the Appalachian region away from its historical dependency on coal and other extractive industries. The economic reality of Appalachian coal's collapse, particularly in the context of the shale gas boom, is forcing the region through a major structural readjustment, with accelerating job losses and economic distress in coal communities. Many local and regional actors are working aggressively to ensure that this "Appalachian Transition" away from coal... read more
Rural Climate Policy Meeting Notes
Monday December 15th and Tuesday December 16th 2014
1. Build a shared understanding of U.S. and international climate policy context.
2. Identify climate policy priorities for rural communities. Embed rural climate policy and organizing efforts in... read more
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