Energy

Colin Keldie courtesy EMEC

With so much coastal property, this state could be harvesting the energy of waves, currents and tides to power homes and offices, factories and electric cars.  But Virginia is far from the day when that might happen. 

The Orkney Accordion and Fiddle Club meets weekly to celebrate old fashioned Scottish music and a growing number of enthusiasts on this island between the North Sea and the Atlantic.  73-year-old Innes Wylie is delighted by the newcomers.

Carbon vs. Mercury: EPA's Clean Power Plan

Aug 7, 2015
(AP Photo/John Locher)

President Obama recently unveiled a new rule to combat climate change by forcing state’s like Virginia to cut their carbon pollution. But this summer the Supreme Court shot down a new EPA rule aimed at limiting mercury pollution, which has conservatives calling for the new rule to be halted.

Fear of Fracking

Jul 28, 2015

With the dangers of nuclear power playing out in Japan, fighting in Libya pushing oil prices up, and climate scientists pointing an accusing finger at coal, America is desperate for some energy alternatives.  One that seemed promising is natural gas - a relatively clean burning fuel.  But critics now say the process of getting gas from the ground may be risky.    If you saw the documentary, Gasland, there’s one scene you’ll never forget.  A guy from Weld County, Colorado - where gas wells are common - turns on his tap, flicks his lighter and jumps back as the water bursts into flame.

New Study Finds Climate Change Means Risky Business

Jul 28, 2015

It took two years for scientists and economists to crunch the numbers based on 40 different climate models, but they’re out this week with a new report called Risky Business – an analysis of what a warmer planet will mean for Virginia. 

Matt Wasson, Appalachian Voices/Creative Commons

Burning coal to make electricity isn’t its only impact on the environment. The mining process has also been shown to pollute nearby waterways.

New rules proposed by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to protect that water, will be debated over the next several months. Some see them as a potential threat to dwindling coal jobs and others, as not strong enough to protect the environment.

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