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Shareholder Vote Shows Growing Unease Over Dominion’s Role in Climate Change

by Seth Heald, cross posted from Power for the People VA Black curtains are visible inside the pedestrian bridge over Marshall Street leading to the...

Sen. Mark Warner’s Tolerance of Climate Disinformation

by Seth Heald, cross posted from Power for the People VA Virginia’s senior U.S. Senator Mark Warner cast a vote this week that will come...

How Can We Address Climate Change If We Don’t Talk About It?

by Seth Heald, cross posted from Power for the People VA The Daily Press, Virginia’s fourth largest newspaper, recently ran an ambitious series of insightful...

Dominion Resources Should Quit ALEC

Recent William & Mary grad Priscilla Lin, wrote this piece. Priscilla is concerned about climate change and in particular ocean issues. She volunteers with Oceana, which is a co-sponsor of the Sept. 4 Dominion-Dump-ALEC rally in Arlington County.

It's time for Virginians to call on Dominion Resources, Inc. to leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Join me for a Dominion-Dump-ALEC rally at ALEC Headquarters in the Crystal City area of Arlington County on September 4 at noon.

As a native Virginian and 2014 college graduate interested in protecting the  environment, it comes as no surprise to me that Dominion Virginia Power, Virginia's largest electric utility, is dirty. Dirty fossil fuel energy, which contributes to climate change and ocean acidification, is not the way towards a better, cleaner future. I learned recently that Dominion belongs to ALEC, an organization with a pro-polluter agenda. Dominion publicly touts its supposed environmental awareness, but it doesn't explain what it does behind closed doors with the shady anti-climate and anti-democracy group ALEC.

You won't find any mention on Dominion's website or in its public pronouncements of its work to undermine environmental protections through its participation in ALEC, which has been described as "a corporate bill mill." It brings together corporations and state legislators and comes up with "model legislation" for the legislators to introduce back home.

ALEC has consistently pushed anti-climate and anti-environment legislation. Dominion's association with the group directly conflicts with its claims to support clean energy. You can learn more about ALEC at alecexposed.org.

Dominion won’t explain ties to anti-clean energy “bill mill” ALEC

In the past week or so communities across Virginia staged Earth Day festivals and other events to raise environmental awareness and support environmental protection. Virginia's largest electric utility, Dominion Virginia Power, had tables or booths at a number of these events, touting the company's environmental record.

The utility's parent corporation-Dominion Resources, Inc.-attempts to defend the company's environmental practices on its website. Chief environmental officer Pamela F. Faggert explains "[e]nvironmental awareness is the responsibility of each Dominion employee. It is woven into the fabric of our culture ...."

What you won't find on Dominion's website or in its Earth Day handouts is any mention of its work to undermine environmental protections through its participation in the American Legislative Exchange Council, widely known as "ALEC." ALEC has been described as "a corporate bill mill." It brings together corporations and state legislators and comes up with "model legislation" for the legislators to introduce back home.  

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