Students at the University of Mary Washington will host an old-fashioned teach-in this afternoon, urging others to join a sit-in at the administration building. They want the school, based in Fredericksburg, to sell off any investments in coal as a protest against those who profit from fossil fuels.
Plans for three new natural gas pipelines to run through southwest Virginia have sparked much discussion since they were announced. The companies behind them have held open houses to educate communities. Numerous protest groups have been formed to oppose them, and forums held, to examine arguments on both sides. The possibility of the pipelines is not only spurring discussion, it’s also reawakening the spirit of protest movements that have come before.
“No to fracking Pipe line, no to fracking period and no to politicians who support either one!"
If you think you’ve been seeing more solar panels on houses around Virginia, you’re right. Residential rooftop solar here grew at the same rate as the national average in 2014.
Solar electric power accounted for almost a third of the nation’s new energy generating capacity last year. More than wind and coal for the second year in a row, according to the Solar Energy Industry Association. SEIA says residential continues to be the fastest growing market segment for solar in the U.S.
More than 130 people gathered in Virginia Western Community College’s Whitman Auditorium Monday to learn more about natural gas pipelines.
Sponsored by The Cabell Brand Center, the forum sought to present arguments from both supporters and opponents of those pipelines… with explanation about the roles local, state and federal governments play in evaluating proposals for three pipelines planned to cross Virginia.