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California’s 2035 ban on new gas-powered cars set to apply to Virginia

By Sarah Vogelsong Photo: Mason Adams, Virginia Mercury

California’s decision to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars beginning in 2035 will also halt the sale of such vehicles in Virginia due to a 2021 law linking the commonwealth to the western state’s vehicle emissions standards, state attorneys have concluded.

In a Thursday email obtained by the Mercury, Assistant Attorney General Michael Jagels concluded that Virginia is “bound” by the California decision because the state chose to be “statutorily and regulatorily aligned with California.”


Jamestown races to protect colony from climate change

Rising sea levels are threatening to wash away America's early history. Jamestown, Virginia, is listed among the nation's most endangered historic sites. Kris Van Cleaves takes a look at the mounting threat.


Virginia could lose 42 percent of its tidal wetlands by 2100 due to sea level rise, study finds

By Alejandra O' Connell - Domenech

Tidal wetlands provide numerous environmental benefits like providing a habitat for fisheries, capturing and storing carbon dioxide and acting as a defense against coastal storms and erosion.
But many tidal wetlands are at risk of disappearing due to the effects of climate change. And while tidal wetlands can change in size by growing vertically and moving further inland, if sea levels rise too rapidly wetlands can essentially “drown” in place, according to Virginia Mercury.


Another delay and cost increase announced for Mountain Valley Pipeline

By Laurence Hammack

Mountain Valley Pipeline will again seek new permits that have twice been cast aside by the courts, delaying completion to the second half of 2023 and boosting the project’s cost to $6.6 billion.


Virginia church ‘leading by example’ on climate action through solar, efficiency

By Elizabeth McGowan Photo: Elizabeth McGowan

When the choir at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ complained about overheating while harmonizing under incandescent lights more than 15 years ago, congregant John Overholt didn’t just empathize.


Natural Gas Power Plant Project for Eastern Va. Is Scrapped

By Associated Press

A natural gas power plant project in eastern Virginia has been scrapped, a month after plans for a pipeline running through five counties to fuel it were put on hold following a regulatory ruling, and amid opposition by residents and environmental groups.
Chickahominy Power LLC announced that the plant project development effort in Charles City County “has been terminated,” with plans to relocate the project in Ohio, West Virginia or both.


Virginia Governor Tilting At Windmills, Releases Bogus RGGI ‘Report’

By NRDC Photo: Cynthia Shahan , Cleantechnica

Incoming Virginia Gov. Youngkin in January tasked his Special Advisor and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler with producing an assessment of Virginia’s overwhelmingly popular climate law — the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, also known as RGGI.


Virginia report lays groundwork for state’s exit from regional emissions trading group

By Robert Walton

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, R, says a new report from the state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) proves that participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is “a bad deal” for residents and is considering emergency regulations to withdraw from the 11-state carbon trading network.


Why Youngkin wants to get out of agreement combating climate change

By Jackie DeFusco

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC)- Governor Glenn Youngkin wants to pull Virginia out of an agreement to combat climate change, despite backlash from environmental advocates.
A new report, ordered by one of Youngkin’s first executive actions, makes the case for withdrawing from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and initiates the process to do so.


2022 legislative recap: virginia democrats won’t budge on combating climate change and protecting the environment

By Blue Virginia

This session, Democrats went big and fought for generational investments in preserving and protecting our environment and funding the fight against climate change. Gov. Youngkin and Republicans attempted to roll back our progress and worsen the ongoing effects of climate change by: