Climate Change

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President Obama’s budget revived a debate at the Capitol over energy policy and climate change. 

As lawmakers like to say, “budgets embody values,” and on the Hill there’s no question over whether the president’s budget shows his values in regards to the nation’s energy sector. He wants to hike clean energy spending by seven percent and offer a myriad of states some four billion dollars if they clean up their air at a quicker pace. Virginia Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith says the budget would be another blow to his southwestern district.      

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As the planet gets warmer, Virginia forests will die.  Our coastal cities will see massive flooding, and our weather will be like that of Louisiana or Alabama. 

We could make changes to head off catastrophe, but the state continues to burn fossil fuels while offering no incentives for a transition to solar and wind power. 

Climate change is a global problem, but journalist Steven Nash, who teaches at the University of Richmond, wanted to know what might happen here.  He’s written a book called Virginia Climate Fever, detailing what the Commonwealth can expect in the years to come.  He says the coasts will, of course, see more flooding, inland areas are also in for trouble.

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As the blue crab harvest in the Chesapeake Bay continues to decline there's still uncertainty over the causes and disagreement about what should be done. 

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link.

    

Climate Change & the Chesapeake Bay

Sep 15, 2014
Jenny Dreyer

Next week the U.N. will bring experts from around the world for a climate change summit in New York. On the Chesapeake Bay scientists are looking at what a warmer bay might mean for species like the blue crab and striped bass.

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