Jason Bailey is Research and Policy Director at the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED). Previously, he was co-director of the Democracy Resource Center, where his work included policy analysis and public education on Kentucky’s budget, tax system, and economic development policies.

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Most communities around the world aren’t yet aware of how climate change will drastically impact their land, economy, and way of life. But the downsides of a fossil fuel–based economy are already well known in the coalfields of central Appalachia, a region including southern West Virginia, eastern Kentucky, southwest Virginia, and east …

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