Climate Change en Hearing on Sea Level Rise <p>Two Virginia Democrats are teaming up with two Virginia Republicans in a rare bipartisan hearing into how to combat sea level rise along the eastern shore.</p><p></p><p>Most Republicans in Congress are dubious of climate scientists who claim humans are heating the planet. Take Virginia Congressman Scott Rigell. He represents a purple district encompassing all of Virginia Beach. He’s won twice running as an open-minded pragmatist. Unlike moderates elsewhere, Rigell remains dubious of human’s impact on the climate.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Matt Laslo 23512 at Hearing on Sea Level Rise New EPA Rules Mean a New Game Plan for Utility Companies <p>Later today, the Environmental Protection Agency will take a big step toward reducing the risks of climate change – announcing&nbsp;new limits on&nbsp;electric companies responsible for about 40% of the carbon in our atmosphere.&nbsp;&nbsp;At the Southern Environmental Law Center, Senior Attorney Frank Rambo says states and utilities must then figure out how best to reach those goals.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:34:45 +0000 Sandy Hausman 22253 at New EPA Rules Mean a New Game Plan for Utility Companies Ideas for the EPA <p>Following dire new predictions about climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency is set to impose new limits on the nation’s power plants.</p><p>Some states already have aggressive policies to reduce the use of coal and other fossil fuels, while promoting wind, solar and other renewable sources of energy.&nbsp;</p><p>In a new book, University of Virginia Professor Vivian Thomson says there are lessons to be learned from those states.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:22:26 +0000 Sandy Hausman 22000 at Ideas for the EPA Summer Season Fires a Threat to the Great Dismal Swamp <p>Summer is just about here,&nbsp; and in many of the nation’s national parks, that means forest fires.&nbsp; Here in Virginia, it may also bring a different kind of blaze - one that threatens a vast wetland and wildlife refuge near Norfolk.&nbsp;</p><p>After losing thousands of acres in years past, experts have come up with a plan for saving the Great Dismal Swamp. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:40:01 +0000 Sandy Hausman 21823 at Summer Season Fires a Threat to the Great Dismal Swamp Climate Change & Election Season <p>Republicans say a new Environmental Protection Agency rule will kill jobs in Virginia and they see it as a way to win&nbsp;November's election.</p><p></p><p>A new White House assessment on climate change paints a dire picture for coastal states like Virginia. Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says the writing is on the wall.</p><p>"Being vulnerable to sea level rises. That plus agricultural and forestry effects is every reason why we should be very concerned."</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:00:51 +0000 Matt Laslo 21768 at Climate Change & Election Season