For the past century, the Appalachian region has powered much of the economic prosperity of the United States through its coal resources and mining workforce. Now, as the energy transition progresses and coal production declines, the many communities that make up the region are left to discover alternate drivers of local economic prosperity. A crucial element to this regional modernization is the deployment of climate infrastructure that can produce stable employment opportunities, repair the environment, and create public goods.
Please join the Atlantic Council, along with the National Wildlife Federation and Reimagine Appalachia, on Monday, April 12th at 4:00 p.m. EDT for a discussion on the economic potential of and necessity for climate infrastructure investments in Appalachia. Timely given the Biden-Harris Administration’s recent announcement of the American Jobs Plan, this event will feature a panel of experts from the region who will lay out their ideas for an Appalachian Climate Infrastructure Plan. The conversation will highlight the types of infrastructure investments that could improve the economy and quality of life in the region, the federal policy mechanisms necessary to ensure pathways to high-quality, union jobs, and the unique features that should situate Appalachia centrally within federal infrastructure negotiations.