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Keep Dirty Fuels in the Ground: No Offshore Drilling in Virginia, Atlantic
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Keep Dirty Fuels in the Ground: No Offshore Drilling in Virginia, Atlantic

The Obama administration is expected to release its draft 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program today. The proposal keeps dirty fuel development off-limits along the Pacific and Northern Atlantic coasts, as well as in some areas of the Arctic Ocean, while opening up new areas off the Atlantic, Gulf and Alaskan coasts [...]

Your 2015 Virginia legislative session cheat sheet, part one: Clean energy bills
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Your 2015 Virginia legislative session cheat sheet, part one: Clean energy bills

By Ivy Main Guest Blogger Ivy Main has been an advocate for renewable energy with the Sierra Club since 2007. A lawyer by training, she lobbies extensively in the General Assembly for stronger clean energy policies and writes a regular blog, Power for the People VA, about energy policy in Virginia. She was the lead [...]

New GW Forest Plan Strong in Some Respects, A Mixed Blessing in Other Respects
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New GW Forest Plan Strong in Some Respects, A Mixed Blessing in Other Respects

by Sherman Bamford, Chapter Forest Issues Chair   The hard work of the Sierra Club and other citizens’ groups has paid off. The Revised Forest Plan for the George Washington National Forest (GWNF), released in November, is a sign of how far the Forest Service has come over the past few decades. The new Plan [...]

Proposed Gas Pipelines
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Proposed Gas Pipelines

by Kirk Bowers, Sierra Club Pipeline Chair    The Sierra Club is working with our coalition partners and thousands of Virginia citizens to STOP the proposed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Western Marcellus Pipeline. These proposed pipelines harm our communities and our environment. The proposal to build the three pipelines [...]

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2015 General Assembly Preview

Let’s start with the good news first. This GA session some creative and exciting initiatives will be introduced by friends and allies. The bad news? The political landscape has shifted again, and definitely not to our advantage. Having ceded their majority to the Republicans in the Senate, Democrats have an uphill battle to fight this [...]

2014 Virginia General Assembly Scorecard
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2014 Virginia General Assembly Scorecard

Who’s protecting Virginia’s Environment at the State Capitol? The Sierra Club is keeping score. For the first time, the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club has issued a General Assembly Legislative Scorecard. This Scorecard grades our elected officials on the votes they took during the 2014 General Assembly Session on legislation that will have a [...]