Reconciliation Package Will Benefit West Virginia with Historic Investments in Clean Energy & Communities

Statement from WV Rivers’ Executive Director

Contact: Angie Rosser, West Virginia Rivers, 304-437-1274,

CHARLESTON, W.V. (October 28, 2021) — The newly unveiled Build Back Better framework will make the largest investments in clean energy in American history and will deliver significant benefits to West Virginia and the Appalachian region.

“Today is a good day for West Virginia. The agreement will help many working families in the state create a healthier, safer and more prosperous future,” said Angie Rosser, executive director of West Virginia Rivers Coalition.

“West Virginia has much to gain from these unprecedented investments – they will unlock opportunities for our workers to continue to help power the nation through incentives to develop clean energy infrastructure and manufacturing where it’s needed most.”

“The investments in resilience, such as forest management, soil conservation, and the creation of a 21st century Civilian Climate Corps, will create jobs and go a long way towards protecting us from deadly floods and other forms of extreme weather that are already threatening our communities.”

“We know West Virginia is particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts with so much of our residences, businesses and infrastructure situated in flood-prone areas. It’s a relief to see a commitment to a pathway that gets us on track to avoid the worst effects of climate change. We need Congress to move swiftly to turn this framework into a bill and pass it. And then it will be very important to closely evaluate the progress of these investments in meeting required science-based emission reductions.”

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