April 14: Tell Dominion to Stop Polluting Our Climate & Our Democracy!

From Glen Besa, VA Sierra Club –

WHAT: Protest against Dominion and its ALEC partners outside VA Chamber of Commerce “Dirty Energy” Conference. Bring your signs, banners and props.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 148:00 AM to 9:30 AM, as participants are entering the conference.

WHERE: On the sidewalk outside the Richmond Convention Center, E. Marshall and N. 5th Street (500 E Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23219)

RSVP HERE-Let us know you’re coming!

energy protestBACKGROUND:

Dominion Resources doesn’t just pollute our air, water, and climate. The company pollutes our politics too.  And it’s not acting alone. Dominion is a member/supporter of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as are two other big Virginia coal-burning carbon polluters—Appalachian Power/AEP and the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) (through its participation in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association).

Join us Tuesday April 14 at 8 AM to Demonstrate Against Dominion and its ALEC partners outside the VA Chamber of Commerce’s Orwellian-named “Energy and Sustainability” Conference.  A conference panel discussion on the EPA Clean Power Plan includes representatives from ALEC supporters Dominion, AEP and ODEC and no clean energy representatives.  When coal-burning ALEC supporters dominate a conference on sustainability, it’s time for the people to stand up and say “enough.”

As the biggest corporate political campaign donor to Virginia Republicans and Democrats alike, Dominion can rely on a majority of state legislators to vote the company’s way.  Dominion’s and ALEC’s hands are evident on the recent amendment to the new state ethics bill that would allow big polluters to fly legislators around on private planes to ALEC conferences and other events while excusing the politicians from even reporting the gifts in some instances.

As long as Dominion can buy our decision-makers, it can keep building dirty energy projects like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (and new gas generating plants to justify it).  Dominion’s electricity generation plans provide for a 30% increase in carbon pollution over the next 15 years. And that doesn’t count methane releases from the company’s growing fracked gas transmission and distribution operations.

As an ALEC member, Dominion supports Koch brothers-financed efforts to deny climate change, block EPA action on climate, and support voter suppression of young people, minorities, and the elderly. Visit http://vasierraclub.org/2015/02/the-people-vs-dominion/ for more details.

Dominion’s energy plans are Too Risky and Too Costly for Virginia! But driven by short term profits, arrogance and greed, Dominion CEO Thomas Farrell is pursuing a massive new fracked gas pipeline, new gas power plants and a new nuclear reactor near an active earthquake fault line.  Dominion continues to block independent energy efficiency, solar and wind investments, touting its own small, token clean energy projects while it invests heavily in new dirty energy facilities.

Join us April 14, when Sierra Club and other groups gather outside the Richmond Convention Center to make some noise!  We will be demonstrating against Dominion and its ALEC partners outside the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s “Dirty Energy” Conference where Virginia’s biggest polluters will be inside trashing the US EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

Glen Besa, Director
Sierra Club-Virginia Chapter
422 E. Franklin St, Suite 302
Richmond, VA 23219





Help Bring New Power to the Old Dominion!

By Whitney Byrd, Wise Energy for VA Coalition

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For years, the Wise Energy for Virginia (WEFV) Coalition has been advocating for clean energy here in the Old Dominion. We need policies that move Virginia away from a dependence on dirty fossil fuels and embrace the promise of energy efficiency and renewable sources like wind and solar.

After a major victory in stopping what would have been largest coal plant in the state, the WEFV Coalition shifted focus to bringing clean energy solutions to Virginia. The campaign is called “New Power for the Old Dominion” and it’s coming soon to a town near you.

  • September 10, Richmond
  • September 12, Charlottesville – 7pm at The Southern, 103 S. 1st St.
  • October 3, Wise County
  • October 16, Hampton
  • (Plus pending dates in Roanoke and Northern Virginia; all times and locations TBD)

Wise Energy kicked off this statewide campaign to educate Virginians from all walks of life about the benefits of shifting to clean energy — including the protection of our mountains, cleaner air and water, new jobs for Virginians, and mitigating the effects of climate change. Wise Energy has a new website with stories of Virginia citizens and businesses who are tapping into clean energy, and a pledge drive for Virginians to add their voice to the call for New Power for the Old Dominion.

The presentations will outline where Virginia currently gets its electricity and the pitfalls of relying on large fossil fuel power plants, which run for 40- to 50-years and are vulnerable to volatile fuel (coal and oil) prices. The presentation will explain why this business model has proven to be so profitable for utilities, and is favored by existing laws and regulations. The program will describe a new direction for Virginia, where investments in energy efficiency and solar and wind power save consumers money, protect human health and the environment, and create jobs.

Most importantly, Wise Energy invites citizens like you to get involved in making these changes in your community and across the state. Wise Energy will be road-tripping around the commonwealth for the next several months, giving the presentation at churches, civic clubs and other community meetings. (Let Wise Energy know if YOU want to schedule one in your community. Email whitney @ wiseenergyva.org)

More information: NewPower4VA.org