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Virginia’s troubling near failing clean energy/energy efficiency position

September 21st, 2017 · No Comments

Yet another report, yet another sign that Virginia is (far) behind the times when it comes to leveraging the clean-energy revolution to create economic activity and help address climate change.  In this case, “Solar Power Rocks” has gone through and rated the 50 states and the District of Columbia. As to Virginia, “Solar in Virginia: about […]

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Systems Power: Three thoughts for Virginia’s next governor

August 17th, 2017 · Comments Off on Systems Power: Three thoughts for Virginia’s next governor

Energy and climate issues are a prominent part of Virginia’s 2017 campaign season, perhaps more than any time in the past.  From fossil-foolish pipelines to corporate donations to potential economic development opportunities, there is more energy about the discussion of energy in a Virginian election year than perhaps any time in the past. Not surprisingly, […]

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Choosing Tom …

April 14th, 2017 · 3 Comments

Virginia Democrats face a real choice in the primary as to who will be the Democratic nominee for (and next) Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia: current Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam or former Congressman Tom Perriello.  For those with an understanding of climate change’s challenges, risks, and opportunities, the choice is quite clear: Tom Perriello […]

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Gov-Elect McAuliffe’s opportunity to turn dirty money to good

December 5th, 2013 · 2 Comments

The fundraising for the inaugural party for the incoming Virginia Governor, Democratic Terry McAuliffe, is seeing a serious lift due to donations from fossil-fuel dependent Corporations. Most notably, McAuliffe’s Inaugural Committee has received $25,000 from Alpha Natural Resources, an $8 billion coal company that gave $92,500 to Cuccinelli’s campaign. Dominion Resources, a Virginia-based coal, gas, […]

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Can VA Dems use their window of opportunity for leverage?

February 21st, 2013 · Comments Off on Can VA Dems use their window of opportunity for leverage?

The Virginia legislature seems poised to adopt a (at best) mediocre transportation bill — better than what Governor McDonnell proposed originally but still pretty bad — but the voting is going to be close as Tea Party Republicans are prepared to vote NO on the Governor’s top priority because it includes tax revenues to pay […]

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Bob McDonnell’s New Math Doesn’t Add Up …

February 1st, 2013 · 1 Comment

Virginian Republican legislative initiatives have earned the Commonwealth unpleasant nation (and global) wide attention in recent years.  Whether the abuse of public resources to undermine Virginia’s academic reputation with anti-science legal shenanigans (2010 to present); the social, moral, and medical outrage of trying to require unnecessary ultrasounds on women seeking to execute their Constitutional right […]

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WashPost editorial board calls out Kook-inelli

May 7th, 2010 · 3 Comments

The Washington Post lead editorial this morning strongly rebukes the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, for seeking to repudiate reality and to throw out the concept of academic freedom. They highlight that Cuccinelli’s witch hunt could cost Virginia dearly, undermining the reputation of Virginia’s excellent universities while risking real falls in […]

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Tags: anti-science syndrome · virginia · Washington Post

Energy Smart Tom speaks directly, talks tough …

February 25th, 2010 · Comments Off on Energy Smart Tom speaks directly, talks tough …

Representative Tom Perriello (D-VA-5) was one of the first candidates to make the Energy Smart list. Today, not for the first time, he provided a clear statement as to why he merited and continues to merit a prominent position in the ‘must support’ list for anyone concerned about fostering a prosperous and secure America future. […]

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Dear GOP: Please Stop “Bring ‘Em On”ing Mother Nature

February 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment

This guest post comes from The Green Miles who, with reason, is appalled at the Virginia GOP’s determination to display its anti-science syndrome credentials for all the world to see. [Note: for a related, background, post, see: Cold Weather … the glaring need for context You just had to do it, didn’t you, Republican Party […]

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Tags: anti-science syndrome · catastrophic climate change · Energy · Global Warming · global warming deniers · virginia

Deeds for the Common Wealth

October 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The Commonwealth of Virginia has long embraced a tradition of: Good governance (especially fiscal management) Support for good public education (including a top public university system) Protection of its historical legacy and landscape (such as Civil War battlefields and the Piedmont) Business-friendly policy. Looking at the economic and political landscape, the time seems ripe for […]

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Tags: Energy · schools · virginia