Environment

Environment
8:24 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Students Conduct Fossil Fuel-Focused Sit-In at University of Mary Washington

UMW students line the hallway
Credit Sandy Hausman

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.  

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Environment
9:25 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Weekend Tree Summit Examines Future of Forests

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Coastal parts of Virginia are already feeling the effects of climate change - flooding more often and losing land to erosion, but the state’s wooded areas are also in jeopardy, and this weekend worried tree lovers will meet in Charlottesville to talk about what’s coming and what can be done.

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Ongoing Pipeline Debates
8:27 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Pro-Pipeliners and Pipeline Protesters: Virginians are Pipeline Polarized

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!"

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Environment
12:33 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Sierra Club Coalition Aims to Check Dominion Power

Dominion Power is the focus of a new campaign from the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club. "The People Versus Dominion Power" seeks to make the utility accountable on multiple issues. Virginia Sierra Club Director Glen Bessa says they are recruiting people concerned about planned gas pipelines and plans for an additional North Anna nuclear reactor. Bessa says they're also reaching out to people concerned about Virginia's General Assembly giving the power giant relief from state regulation of some rates for 8 years:

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Solar Investment Tax Credit
4:06 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Solar Market Growing in VA

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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.

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