It's time for us to go on the offensive against the climate skeptics and cynics in Virginia! The People's Climate March in NYC was a clarion call to our nation and to the world to act. We must now bring that call to action to Virginia.
And act we did! Last week over 1,000 of us sent a message to the staff of the State Corporation Commission that we did not appreciate that this supposedly unbiased regulatory agency would play politics with the climate change issue. As a result of that pressure, we got a meeting with the SCC staff this past week.
Unfortunately, that meeting did not go well. It was clear that the SCC does not understand or appreciate the critical need to address climate change. It is clear that they favor running 50 year-old coal plants indefinitely and firing up new gas plants over any other means of generating electricity. Most disappointingly, they don't even understand how investments in efficiency, wind and solar can save us all money.
If the SCC is bad, the Virginia General Assembly is worse, controlled by climate skeptics or climate cynics scared to death of their climate change denying Tea Party base. On Wed, Nov 19, two of those legislators and climate action obstructionists, Senator John Watkins and Delegate Terry Kilgore, are holding a special legislative meeting in Richmond to attack the EPA's Clean Power Plan.
On Wednesday, November 19 you may want to take the day off and come to Richmond. On that day, at 10 AM in House Room D of the General Assembly Building (201 N. 9th Street, Richmond, VA 23219) two of the legislators out to kill the EPA's Clean Power Plan plan to hold a one sided hearing attacking this critical climate rule. We don't expect to be allowed to speak but we plan to give Senator Watkins and Delegate Kilgore an earful by filling the room. But that's up to you.
New book, Virginia Climate Fever, Turns up the Heat on Climate Skeptics
Here is another holiday gift idea-either as a gift to a friend or for yourself. Steve Nash's new book, Virginia Climate Fever, could be a game changer in the fight over climate change in Virginia. Using modeling by prominent climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, Nash is able to take climate modeling down to the county or city where you live and predict just how hot future summers may be. Ask for the book at your local book store or order it online.
Pipeline Blues! Virginia under Siege!
There are no less than three major pipelines proposed to run through Virginia from the fracked gas wastelands of WV, PA and OH to new users anxious to burn cheap but dirty natural gas, Yes, the wall to wall TV ads would have you believe that gas is a clean fuel, but that is bunk! If gas were "clean," Dominion would not be proposing to increase its carbon pollution by up to 37% solely related to increased use of gas in generating our electricity--not counting the methane that escapes from the fracked wells and the pipelines.
Want to have a bigger say in how Virginia is governed? Join us for a two-day training on the ins-and-outs of the legislative process, and become more comfortable with both the policy and rhetoric of lobbying.
This class is perfect for anyone who wants to put some spring in their step this year at Conservation Lobby Day, has a strong interest in Virginia politics or who is considering joining the Citizen Lobbyist Program.
This event is free for Sierra Club members.
WHO: hosted by the Virginia Civic Engagement Table (VCET), a coalition of progressive issue advocacy organizations, including the Sierra Club
This event will include a guided tour of the General Assembly Building, a panel with both experienced lobbyists and Virginia legislators, a primer on both the legislative and the budget process, as well as a workshop on how to have successful conversations with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
The Virginia Legislative Session starts on January 14 this year-- arm yourself with the confidence and tactics you'll need to be an effective advocate by attending this class.
Did you know that this year your legislators will only spend 45 days in Richmond deciding how Virginia laws are changed? That's right! The best time and place to talk to your elected officials about environmental policy is right where you are: in the district where you and your legislator both live.
Join the Club's team of citizen lobbyists. We advocate for the environment without the long trips to Virginia’s Capitol. We meet our elected officials in the districts we call home.
For forty-five days this year, your legislator’s ears are ringing with the cacophony of voices in Richmond. Talk to them before they leave the peace and quiet of home, on any one of the remaining 320 days of the year.
Lobby Corps. Reminding legislators to vote for the environment where it really matters: in their own backyard.
Ready to get to work on our Virginia Clean Energy Team? Click here to be guided to our volunteer form. Thanks!
With your gift, you can advance solutions to protect our ocean, lakes and bays, our forests and the natural legacy throughout Virginia. Best of all, 100% of your donation stays in Virginia and supports our work right here in the Commonwealth.
The Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club is pleased to announce our 2014 awards to volunteers who made outstanding contributions to the club over the past year.
In reality, many hundreds of our members deserve awards for the work all of you do on behalf of Virginia's environment, and the world's.
Our volunteers step up all the time: to attend rallies, give testimony, write letters, and most recently, to serve as bus captains for the People's Climate Rally, and to attend and make their voices heard. We cannot give awards to everyone, but please accept our thanks.
Awards were presented at our annual Gathering last weekend. Honorees who were not in attendance will receive their awards at Group excom meetings or local events. 2012 and 2013 award-winners were not considered for awards this year, which explains why some obvious names are missing here.
John Cruikshank In recognition of: His dedicated service during his years as Chapter Chair
Ann Moore In recognition of: Her outstanding service as Secretary
Bill Penniman In recognition of: His exceptional leadership as Conservation Chair
Susan Stillman In recognition of: Her exceptional leadership of the Legislative Committee
Barbara Williamson In recognition of: Her outstanding service to the people of Southwest Virginia
Dick Ball In recognition of: His outstanding leadership on energy issues
Tim Stevens In recognition of: His outstanding service as Treasurer
Joe Cook, Chesapeake Bay Group In recognition of: His outstanding leadership of the Coal Dust Campaign
Norbert Pink, Great Falls Group In recognition of: His outstanding work on volunteer engagement
Paula Chow, Rappahannock Group In recognition of: Her outstanding contributions to the Rappahannock Group
John Zeugner, Falls of the James Group In recognition of: His outstanding service to the Falls of the James Group
Kirk Bowers, Piedmont Group In recognition of: His outstanding leadership on transportation and natural gas pipeline issues
Susan Bonney, Great Falls Group In recognition of: Her exceptional grassroots leadership on climate change
Christine Llewellyn, York River Group In recognition of: Her outstanding leadership on climate change
Linda Stevens, Great Falls Group In recognition of: Her outstanding service to the Great Falls Group
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