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Video: Rep. Don Beyer Speaks at Defend Climate and EPA Emergency...

As always, I'm proud that Don Beyer is my Congressman. Thank you, Rep. Beyer, for the great work you do, including/especially standing up for...

Thursday News: Sessions Apparently Lied Under Oath; VA Republican “Rolls Out...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, March 2. Sessions met with Russian envoy twice, contacts...

Video: Rep. Don Beyer Puts on “Keep the EPA Great” Hat

I love my Congressman - go Don Beyer! :)

“I work at the EPA and yeah it’s as bad as...

For those who don't believe that Trump is at least an authoritarian/despot-wannabe, at at worst a fascist, check this out from the Director of...

Rep. Don Beyer Assails Triumvirate of Anti-Environment Cabinet Nominees

The following statement by Rep. Don Beyer (my Congressman) sums up my feelings exactly. By the way, anyone who thinks that Rick Perry is...

Anti-Climate, Anti-Solar/Wind Assault Begins; Leading VA GOP 2017 AG Candidate Cheers...

Yes, ladies and gentleman, this right-wing extremist (see Likely 2017 Virginia GOP Attorney General Nominee Clerked for Clarence Thomas; Is Rabidly Anti-LGBT, Anti-Choice for...

Thursday News: Trump is “Madman of the Year” (and “Con Man”);...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, December 8. Also check out Stephen Colbert on how...

Dave Brat Wants to Cripple EPA

Originally published in DailyKos Dave Brat voted for HR 5538, the Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act 2017. This bill may...

Memo to Southwest Virginians: Help Carry New Radford Arsenal Incinerator Over...

This week, the President sent a memo to America about his plan to protect the environment. In that spirit, and on a much smaller, albeit important scale, this is a memo to those living in the New River Valley of Southwest Virginia. Recent efforts by dedicated environmental advocates including the Environmental Patriots of the New River Valley and the New River Valley Chapter of the Sierra Club have shown a light on air pollution coming from from the Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RAAP) here. A potentially game-changing improvement may actually happen. That game changer is an enclosed state-of-the-art incinerator for toxic waste destroyed at the arsenal. Astonishingly, now toxic material from munitions manufacture is open burned! The permit for the open burning is up for review and possible renewal. The US Army, the British contractor BAE (which manages the plant for the Army)and The RAAP facility have announced they are planning to upgrade the facility. This is too important to sit on the sidelines. Make you voice heard.  Continued open burning is not an appropriate 21st Century solution.

Please turn out for the public meeting Wednesday, August 5th, 6 PM, at the Blacksburg Public Library, 200 Miller Street. A spokesperson for the arsenal will attend.

Surprise endings to a week of bad news on energy and...

More than a hundred representatives of energy efficiency and renewable energy businesses descended on Richmond Tuesday for Clean Energy Lobby Day. After meetings with legislators, many of them stayed to attend a critical subcommittee meeting where most of this year's clean energy bills came up for votes. And they came away with one overpowering impression: the only bills that can make it out of committee are the ones supported by the state's utilities, especially Dominion Power.

But that wasn't quite the end of the story. Because by the end of the week, they also found that the groundwork they had laid with their lobbing, and their tenaciousness before the subcommittee, created an opening they would not otherwise have had.

First, the bad news, and plenty of it
Things started bleakly. The House Commerce and Labor Subcommittee on Energy turned back multiple proposals that would have benefited Virginia's small renewable energy and energy efficiency businesses, as well as their customers. Going down to defeat were bills to improve the renewable portfolio standard (HB 1913), create an energy efficiency resource standard (HB 1730), require a more rigorous study before utilities can impose standby charges (HB 1911), make third-party PPAs legal across the state (HB 1925), and enable an innovative vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project (HB 2073).