Electric vehicles no environmental savior, could cause power grid problems

As Ford unveils its electric F150, West Virginia University experts note the shift from gasoline-powered engines is not an environmental panacea in the short term, but instead will mean significant and costly upgrades to the nation’s infrastructure. Citing recent events, they caution the race to electric vehicles may outrun what’s needed to keep those vehicles on the road.

Rural America primed for mileage if $2 trillion infrastructure plan passes

Rural communities help fuel the nation, though decades of aging and deteriorating infrastructure have stifled the potential of the American economy and way of life, according to West Virginia University experts. A proposed $2 trillion federal infrastructure plan, announced by the Biden administration, could bridge the gap between rural and urban America in more ways than one: opening access to jobs, healthcare and education, and boosting the economy.

Despite losing a U.S. House seat, West Virginia can still wield congressional power

Although West Virginia will lose one of three congressional seats - based on a decline of nearly 65,000 residents in new U.S. Census Bureau data - the overall damage may be minimal, according to a West Virginia University political scientist. John Kilwein believes that Sen. Joe Manchin’s current prominence in the U.S. Senate shows that individual members of Congress can be as, or more, influential than the number of seats a state holds on Capitol Hill.

The buzz around Brood X: Don’t fear the cicada, WVU scientists say

They’re coming but there’s no need to fear (although you may want to reach for some earplugs). Brood X periodical cicadas are set to emerge in at least 15 states – including West Virginia - in late May, according to scientists with the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

WVU Extension experts offer considerations before adding bunnies and chicks to Easter baskets

Spring is here and the Easter holiday is around the corner, which means farm and feed stores everywhere have cute baby animals, such as bunnies and chicks, available for purchase. While you may be tempted to bring home a bunny or some chicks as a holiday gift for your children, West Virginia University Extension Service Agents Natasha Harris and Jesica Streets have shared a few considerations before making the investment.