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  • Curbing Virginia’s Reliance on Natural Gas | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    press release announcing its proposed 1600 megawatt gas plant also touted its 400 megawatts of planned solar generation a mere quarter of the power that would be produced by its natural gas plant This release serves to illustrate Dominion s very clear preference for fossil fuels over renewables This rush to natural gas brings considerable consumer health and climate risks A growing number of studies show that natural gas is just as bad as coal for the climate Greenhouse gas pollution is emitted as every step of the natural gas lifecycle from fracking to piping to eventual burning of the gas In addition to the climate concerns each step presents a unique threat to human health natural resources and communities Virginia s doubling down on natural gas also puts electricity consumers at risk according to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists Instead of moving toward cleaner renewable energy Virginia is ramping up its investment in natural gas From 2008 to 2014 Virginia s in state electricity generation fueled by natural gas increased by 14 3 percent Ninety eight percent of new plants contemplated for the commonwealth will be powered by natural gas In fact Virginia is projected to install 12 500 megawatts of new natural gas capacity by 2017 UCS warns that natural gas prices are volatile leaving consumers open to price spikes As the country moves to limit carbon emissions overreliance on fossil fuels will cause utilities to saddle their customers with higher electricity rates to account for the cost of carbon Plus gas plants and pipelines are enormously expensive As the country moves away from fossil fuels customers could be on the hook for billions of dollars worth of underused idled or even abandoned plants and pipelines CCAN s legal team is pushing back against

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/curbing-virginias-reliance-on-natural-gas/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Your climate art judged by Philippe Cousteau and Van Jones? | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    By Anne Havemann General Counsel Share CCAN has partnered with groups like Energy Action 350 org the Hip Hop Caucus and many more in the first online art contest exploring climate change in its many forms how it is impacting our lives and what can be done to ensure a sustainable future for all of Earth s inhabitants Participate in the CoolClimate Art Contest and get the chance to have

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/your-climate-art-judged-by-philippe-cousteau-and-van-jones/ (2016-05-02)
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  • “What Better Place than Here, What Better Time than Now” | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    DC Federal Campus News Blog Press Releases Events Resources Volunteer Materials Climate Change Food and Climate Take Action Donate Join Us What Better Place than Here What Better Time than Now July 20 2010 By Anne Havemann General Counsel Share Why would a guy from Maine with a degree in sociology pack up his car and move 739 miles to Fredericksburg Virginia Social justice Home About Us Ways to Give

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/what-better-place-than-here-what-better-time-than-now/ (2016-05-02)
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  • LTE: One step forward, two steps back for Bay project | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    state has or is implementing cleaner wastewater technologies in an effort to reduce pollution The June 25 article Cleaner Wastewater laid out the details of the improved treatment facilities in Culpeper stating that the town has modernized and sanitized its wastewater treatment process for the sake of the health of the Chesapeake Bay One step forward While at the same time REC s parent electric cooperative is proposing a 6 billion dollar coal plant just 35 miles from the Chesapeake Bay If built it would be the largest coal plant in Virginia producing massive amounts of pollutants such as mercury lead and carbon dioxide which would undermine projects like the one in Culpeper Two steps back 1Sky 350 org Center for Biological Diversity Chesapeake Climate Action Network Climate Crisis Coalition Energy Action Coalition Friends of the Earth Greenpeace Gulf Restoration Network Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters JPIC Mobilization for Climate Justice West MoveOn org N C WARN Oil Change International Price Carbon Campaign Progressive Democrats of America Public Citizen Shalom Center We urge local organizers to take the initiative to organize Congress You ve Got Oil On Your Hands events to be held in front of the offices of members of

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/lte-one-step-forward-two-steps-back-for-bay-project/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Judge Refuses to Jail Climate Activist | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    sentence Ted Glick to 40 days in jail for two misdemeanors related to peaceful civil disobedience Last September Glick Policy Director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network unfurled two large banners in the Hart Senate Office Building saying Green Jobs Now and Get to Work After receiving hundreds of letters from concerned citizens ranging from NASA s Dr James Hansen to actor Danny Glover Weisberg told an overflowing courtroom audience in D C Superior Court that he saw no useful purpose served by incarceration He sentenced Glick instead to a week of community service and a year of probation plus a 1 000 fine The audience cheered and applauded when Weisberg announced his decision At the start of the hearing Glick read a brief statement explaining why he unfurled the banners last September 8th Faced with a planetary emergency he said and as citizens of a democracy we must nonviolently urge in the best ways we know how our elected representatives to do the right thing That is what I did on September 8th of last year Glick has only two previous convictions related to peaceful acts of civil disobedience Weisberg acknowledged the great tradition of nonviolent struggle in America

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/judge-refuses-to-jail-climate-activist/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Good News for Deepwater Oil Junkies | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Climate Change Food and Climate Take Action Donate Join Us Good News for Deepwater Oil Junkies July 2 2010 By Anne Havemann General Counsel Share We ve all heard that we re addicted to oil But in the wake of the BP spill we might do well to take the oil as a drug metaphor a little more seriously For starters we need to understand that deepwater oil is the

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/good-news-for-deepwater-oil-junkies/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Inspiring Va. Awards Celebration last night | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Old Town Alexandria We were honored to present Virginia Climate Leadership Awards to Congressman Jim Moran State Senator Patsy Ticer Supervisor Andrea McGimsey Loudoun County Heidi Binko Associate Director of Special Climate Initiatives at the Rockefeller Family Fund and Burke resident Edward Jaffee From left to right Supervisor Andrea McGimsey Grassroots Leader Ed Jaffee Congressman Jim Moran Senator Patsy Ticer The speeches were inspiring the music by EcoVoce was great

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/inspiring-va-awards-celebration-last-night/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Tidwell at TedxOilSpill | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Worth Spreading TED started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds Technology Entertainment Design Since then its scope has become ever broader The newest addition to the TED repertoire are the TEDx programs and one of them is coming to DC on Monday TEDxOilSpill will explore new ideas for our energy future and how we can mitigate the current crisis in the Gulf TEDxOilSpill will

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/tidwell-at-tedxoilspill/ (2016-05-02)
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