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WVU researchers see inflation hitting some businesses harder than others

As inflation surpasses 9% and investors brace for the possibility that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates a full percentage point, two West Virginia University economists point out that the pain is not created equal, with the economic tailspin hurting some businesses more than others.

WVU Extension experts provide tips for safely using a chainsaw

Chainsaws are widely used by landowners looking to reduce the effort required for cutting wood and clearing land. West Virginia University Extension experts Ben Spong, forest operations specialist, and Pat Donnelly, Timber Safe grant research assistant, provide safety tips to help avoid serious injuries, and even death, when operating a chainsaw.

WVU experts offer insight on SCOTUS limiting EPA’s authority to regulate power plant emissions

From economic impact to policy and climate change implications, a variety of West Virginia University experts can discuss the United States Supreme Court’s ruling that curbs the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to limit carbon emissions at existing power plants. In the case of West Virginia vs. EPA, justices voted six to three in siding with the coal industry and Republican-led states seeking to limit the powers of the EPA.

WVU researcher says gas tax holidays are not good policy

Heather Stephens, associate professor of resource economics and management at the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and a faculty research affiliate in the Regional Research Institute, has studied a range of effects of rising gasoline costs, especially on people with low incomes.