The European Union is pushing member states to go green -- offering incentives and requiring that utilities cut their carbon emissions and increase their use of renewable energy sources by 20%. That sounds like a noble goal, but it may be having unintended consequences in Virginia and neighboring states – consequences that have some environmentalists up in arms.
With land in Central Virginia selling at a premium, you might expect a local government agency to gladly accept donations, but the Albemarle County Board has walked away from a gift of 410 acres – a historic and environmentally significant site called Dudley Mountain, along 29 South, facing the Piedmonts.
When Montgomery Woods and Jose Lambert, two architects from NY, decided to retire, they took up residence on a mountain once owned by Woods’ grandfather.
“Because, although he was a lawyer, he truly wanted to be a farmer.”
Virginia is moving ahead with plans for a new highway to replace route 460, the section which runs from Petersburg to Suffolk, but environmentalists are crying foul – complaining construction will wipe-out valuable wetlands.