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The most read section of any newspaper is its editorial pages.  That's why letters to the editor (LTEs) advocating for Virginia clean energy are so important.  If you like to write, check out our quick talking points and use them as inspiration.  If you like to write, but can't submit a LTE under your own name for whatever reason, write one anyway for a volunteer to re-craft as their own and submit.  Email Eileen with your submissions. 

 

Click here for Virginia sample LTEs.  Click here for samples from National Sierra Club.  Click here for some "how to's" and emails of VA newspapers.

 

Your Published Letters:

Virginian-Pilot, Nov. 5, 2011

Old and new Dominion

Dominion Power is proposing a plan to retire two of Virginia's oldest and dirtiest coal plants. Retiring the Chesapeake and Yorktown coal plants provides Dominion with a great opportunity to invest in clean, renewable energy like wind and solar, but instead the company's plan is to put all its eggs in one basket: natural gas.

America has been a leader in technological innovation in the past, but now Europe and Asia are overtaking America in ways large (fast trains) and small (hearing loops). One of the largest is in the production of alternative energy. If we don't stand up to the backward-looking, fast-profit mentality of many U.S. corporations, we will fall farther and farther behind in the high-tech age. It is critical that Dominion Power invest in alternative, renewable energy production such as wind, geothermal, tidal and solar. These energy sources are free, unlimited and do not risk the health of our communities and the planet.
 

David Stanford
Williamsburg

 

Richmond Times-Dispatch, Oct. 14, 2011

Let's start talking about renewables

It's a shame there was no discussion of offshore wind power and other renewable energy sources at the bipartisan Virginia energy summit held in Alexandria recently. Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell hosted the conference, and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner attended. There was much talk of drilling for oil and gas, but Virginia's tremendous potential for utility-scale offshore wind power wasn't even mentioned.

Bipartisanship is a fine thing, but do these two politicians understand that climate change requires that we move quickly to clean, renewable energy such as wind and solar? Our political leaders in Virginia, as well as executives at Dominion Virginia Power, need to get started moving us beyond fossil fuels to carbon-free energy.

Seth Heald
Rixeyville

Daily Press, Sept. 30, 2011

As a ratepayer, I applaud Dominion's plans to retire two coal plants in Hampton Roads. The economics of keeping dirty old coal plants online is proving too costly. Yet as Dominion's plan also calls for a 25 percent increase in electricity generation over the next 15 years, very little of it comes from Virginia-made renewable energy sources. That makes no financial sense and only fuels the economic development in the mid-West where Dominion gets the little of the wind energy it offers here in Virginia.

New coal and nuclear — energy sources that Dominion has depended upon in the past — are too expensive to build today and are being replaced by natural gas, which is cheap now but is finite and will come from fracking, which is risky. Natural gas may not be cheap for long and unlike offshore wind, won't create 10,000 good-paying, local, career-length jobs with a fuel cost forever of $0 and which is in infinite supply.

Dominion's plans are currently before Virginia's State Corporation Commission, a state agency that must determine whether the utility's plan is reasonable and in the public interest. Dominion must be required to make plans for a Virginia-made clean energy future.

 

Eva Winters
Hampton

 

Richmond Times-Dispatch, Sept. 21, 2011

Corporate welfare thrives in Virginia

 

Regarding your recent editorial, "Energy: Corporate Welfare": While you rail against federal spending on offshore wind studies, you ignore far more flagrant corporate welfare happening right here in Virginia. We taxpayers shell out close to $45 million annually to coal companies and utilities to subsidize the mining of coal in Virginia. Meanwhile mining employment continues to decline because huge machines do most of the work, while a new American offshore wind industry could create 10,000 new jobs right here in the commonwealth.

If your tea party heroes really care about wasting taxpayer money, they should be directing their ire at the subsidies for fossil fuels that make it so difficult for offshore wind and other renewable energy to compete.

Ivy Main
Vice Chair, Virginia Chapter, Sierra Club
McLean

 

Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 18, 2011

Look Offshore

 

Recently it was announced that two Virginia companies have been awarded Department of Energy grants to advance offshore wind projects. Gov. Bob McDonnell's statement on this win for Virginia, however, was decidedly lukewarm. While professing to be an advocate of offshore wind, the governor remarked that 'offshore wind energy will not solve our nation's dependence on foreign sources of energy.'

McDonnell has aggressively advocated bringing dirty and dangerous offshore oil drilling to Virginia's coast, despite the fact that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management estimates that the Virginia Leasing Area contains just 130 million barrels of oil about one week's worth at current rates of consumption.

If the governor is truly concerned about reducing our dependence on foreign energy, he should put that effort into offshore wind instead. A study of Virginia's offshore wind potential found that developing all of our economically recoverable wind resources could supply 83 percent of the energy we currently generate and that 83 percent would last forever.

Susan Priddy
Virginia Beach

Today's Sample Letter:

Effective Oct. 1, the City of Austin Texas will meet its 400 million kilowatt hours of electricity needs wholly from in-state generated wind energy. Too bad no municipality in Virginia stroking huge checks to Dominion can ever say that any of its electricity needs were satisfied with Virginia-made renewable energy. Utility-scale renewable energy generation is simply non-existent in Virginia, nor does Dominion’s projected 15-year plan call for it.

If renewable energy was at all offered a level playing field in which to compete, Dominion singing the blues about offshore wind’s cost would be no more. Dominion needs to make it work for sake of everyone’s bottom line, especially for our localities who are desperate for the thousands of jobs that wind energy brings to Virginia.

[Your Name Here]

[Your City/State Here]

 

Look Who's Blogging Up Clean Energy!

Blogs are another great vehicle for "talking up" clean energy in Virginia!  Check out these great examples, then post and/or comment away:

"Conversation with Dominion" at AltDaily

"Bob McDonnell Holds Energy Summit, Stacks the Deck for His Dirty Energy Pals" at Blue Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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