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Can we talk about the future of fossil fuels? With more than one informed voice?

March 30, 2017

WHAT: Social discourse on the role of fossil fuels in the face of climate change and economic reality

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26, 7-8:30 pm

WHERE: Second Presbyterian Church, Roanoke, 214 Mountain Avenue, SW, Roanoke, Va 24016

Maybe one positive outcome of the avalanche of crude, impolite, fact-challenged information threatening to bury us is the rise of many good citizens to restore civil, fact-based conversation. Katherine Fralin, Pastor George Anderson (Second Presbyterian Church, Roanoke), Suzanne Gandy, and the people at 101.5/102.5 The Mountain fm have worked very hard to put together the first in a series of forums on important topics confronting all of us.

Joe Lovett, the Executive Director of Appalachian Mountain Advocates, has been a catalyst for focusing local and national attention on the devastation caused by mountaintop removal coal mining. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School Of Law in 1995 and served as a law clerk to the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.  He has served as a lawyer in many precedent-setting cases against both industry and regulatory agencies, earning significant awards for his work on behalf of the environment and citizens of central Appalachia. And he is an engaging speaker!

Mark Dempsey, Vice President, External Affairs for Appalachian Power/AEP,  is responsible for external affairs, corporate communications, environmental affairs, economic development and customer services engineering for Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. He has been with AEP since 1972. Appalachian Power provides electricity to more than a million residential and commercial customers via 3 coal-fired power plants in West Virginia (71% of total generation);  3 natural gas powered plants in Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia (about 20% of generation); and 10 hydro or pumped storage facilities scattered through Virginia and West Virginia (about 10% of generation). The parent company, AEP, owns wind facilities in the Western United States with a generating capacity of 620 megawatts.

The program is FREE. Just bring your open mind and your civil tongue!

Church contact: 540-343-3659

Program contact: Suzanne Gandy,, 540-556-5988

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