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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.

05/03/22
                                                               

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.

03/23/22
                                                               

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.

03/20/22
                                                               

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.

03/20/22
                                                               

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.

03/18/22
                                                               

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.

03/17/22
                                                               

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:

03/16/22
                                                               

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Too Expensive For Virginia, According To Youngkin Report

By Jacob Fenston Photo: Jim Cole , AP Photo

For less than the price of a small, monthly Starbucks latte for each residential power customer, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative promises to cut emissions from power plants by 30% over the next decade, putting the Commonwealth on track to meet its zero-carbon goals by 2045. Additionally, the proceeds go towards mitigating flooding and other impacts of global warming in Virginia.

03/16/22
                                                               

Attacking climate action is bad policy, even worse politics

By Christopher Leyen Photo: Ned Oliver , Virginia Mercury

A recent report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted that we will see as much sea level rise in just the next three decades that we’ve experienced in the last century. In Hampton Roads, which is already seeing the fastest rate of sea level rise on the East Coast, an extra foot-and-a-half of water by 2050 will completely transform a region already grappling with rising seas.

03/08/22
                                                               

In Virginia, abandoned coal mines are transformed into solar farms

By Zoeann Murphy

Empty freight cars line the railroad tracks as far as the eye can see from Tim Jennings’s backyard in Dante — a town of less than 600 residents.
“They should open up some more new mines around here,” the 61-year-old former coal miner says, pointing up at the mountains surrounding the valley. “Solar panels — that might work too.”

03/03/22