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Virginia inches closer to a carbon market

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Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality is developing a rule that could significantly limit carbon emissions from power plants in the commonwealth. Developing a carbon trading program would be a sound option.

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Empower Kentucky Plan Would Create Jobs, Boost Energy Efficiency

A new plan by Kentuckians For The Commonwealth sets a path for the state to reduce its carbon footprint, increase social justice, create jobs and boost the economy.

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Environmental regulations didn’t cause coal’s decline — and rollbacks won’t save it.

Now that he's in office, President Trump's promises to coal are colliding with the reality of the market forces shaping the industry's future. Photo via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons.

Despite his repeated promises to do so, President Trump is unlikely to revive the coal industry through federal policy, and CEOs of electric utilities and coal mining companies know it.

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Reversing Climate Change Policies

President Trump signed an executive order reversing much of the progress President Obama made towards addressing the realities of climate change. The order calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to overturn the Clean Power Plan, but it will do little to revive the struggling coal industry.

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Cutting carbon pollution in Virginia: Governor McAuliffe should finish what he started

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In his final year in office, Governor McAuliffe can cement a powerful legacy on climate and the economy by leading the way on environmental protection and climate action.

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Public Frack Complaints Unearthed and Other Shorts

Public Frack Complaints Unearthed, Bill to Study Health Impact of Mountaintop Removal Introduced, W.Va. Coal Company Settles Water Pollution Lawsuit, and other news briefs

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Virginians challenge Gov. McAuliffe on energy policy, climate

Grassroots Alliance Calls for a ‘March on the Mansion’ in July to Demand Clean Power Contact: Kelly Trout, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, 240-396-2022, kelly@chesapeakeclimate.org Amanda Pohl, Virginia Organizing, 804-337-1912, amanda@virginia-organizing.org Cat McCue, Appalachian Voices, 434-293-6373, cat@appvoices.org RICHMOND, Va. – An

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The Path of Most Resistance

Citizens are calling on their power companies to increase access to renewable energy in creative ways.  Appalachian Power Company customers attend a grassroots meeting to oppose extra charges and size limits on solar in Virginia. Photo by Hannah Wiegard.

Some of the region’s state legislatures and largest utilities have been working to restrict access to solar power and energy efficiency. But clean energy advocates are pushing back.

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A power play for Virginia’s power plan

Citizens signal their support for clean energy at a recent meeting of the Dept. of Environmental Quality's Clean Power Plan stakeholders group,

The shift to a clean energy economy in Virginia faces many obstacles — extreme mining, extreme drilling, and apparently extreme legislating. The General Assembly, after failing during session to wrest authority from the governor over the state’s compliance with the Clean Power Plan, used a budgetary ploy after session that handicaps the administration’s efforts.

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Virginians Call on McAuliffe for a Bold Clean Power Plan

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Virginians gathered for a Day of Action on April 2 to remind Governor McAuliffe of his commitment to cut carbon and focus on renewable energy job creation for the Commonwealth.

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