350.org’s Bill McKibben and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network’s Mike Tidwell says when it comes to investing in clean & secure energy sources, Virginia fouls out:
The problem is the state’s largest utility, Dominion Virginia Power. While states like Minnesota and Iowa get 10 to 20 percent of their electricity from wind power alone, creating thousands of jobs, Dominion generates zero electricity for Virginia ratepayers from wind or solar.
Instead, the utility invests overwhelmingly in dirty fossil fuels. Despite rising global warming concerns and smog-filled summer skies in Shenandoah National Park, Dominion plans to increase the renewable-energy slice of its cumulative energy pie by a microscopic 0.4 percent over the next 15 years. You read that right: 0.4 percent.
There’s no sign things will change without some loud and much-deserved booing from the crowd. Which is why ratepayers from across the state have set Saturday as “The March to End Dominion’s Power Madness.”
The rally will be Saturday (March 24) at noon outside Dominion’s Richmond headquarters, sign up at EndPowerMadness.com.