WVEC Action Alert

Creating Just Transition Office = Resources in Coal Decline Impacted Communities

West Virginia Environmental Council
West Virginia Environmental Council
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Feb 18, 2020 View / Comment Online

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Great News! Delegate Hansen’s bipartisan bill, HB4574, establishing a Just Transition Office & Advisory Committee, passed the Committee on Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. It now goes to House Government Organization and needs to be placed on an agenda by Friday at the latest!! 

As environmentalists, we acknowledge that the world must and is changing. Economic diversification and jobs for displaced workers will be vital to West Virginia’s resurgence. Economic justice for our fellow West Virginians can be furthered through the creation of a Just Transition office. We support HB4574!

The bill aims to help communities affected by the decline of coal with a community-led advisory committee to find resources and solutions. 

“The primary goal here is to write a just transition plan for the state of West Virginia that would look at ways to funnel funding into these communities and other types of resources into these communities in a manner that’s led by what people in those communities think is best,” Hansen said in this WVPB article.

We want our communities to thrive and need your help! Call and email the delegates on House Gov Org and ask them to place HB4574 on the agenda this week!

Feb 21 2020  Newsletter article
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