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.
The Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would transport natural gas from West Virginia, may get a second change to its proposed path through the commonwealth.
Spokeswoman for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, Natalie Cox, says it will be weeks to months before the LLC planning the venture, completes contacting landowners and localities to see if any potential changes to the pipeline’s route are feasible.
The Mountain Valley Natural Gas Pipeline that’s being proposed to run through South Western Virginia made a U-Turn when it came to Floyd County. Last fall, the gas companies changed the original route, bypassing the rural county. Company officials have said the protest movement that sprang up in Floyd had nothing to do with their decision, but others believe it made a difference.
One of them is Mara Robbins, who founded the Preserve Floyd Movement last summer to fight the pipeline. Now, she’s been hired by an Environmental group to continue that work throughout the region.
A state senator is proposing what sounds like a good deal for consumers – an 8-year freeze on rates charged by Virginia’s largest electric company.
Frank Wagner says he introduced the measure so Dominion Power wouldn’t pass the costs of meeting clean air requirements on to its customers, but Attorney General Mark Herring says the measure might actually deprive consumers of rebates. Mike Kelly speaks for the attorney general.
Regulating utilities in Virginia is a complicated job, and making sense of the rules requires expertise that few voters have, so it’s no surprise that citizens hoping to stop Dominion’s Atlantic Pipeline were alarmed by a bill that would change the way gas companies recoup their investment in pipelines.