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I  urge  decision-­‐makers,  from  my  university  to  Virginia  elected  officials  and  the  President,  to  stand  up  to  the   fossil  fuel  lobby  and  utilities  like  Dominion  Virginia  Power  by  requiring  the  development  of  wind  and  solar   power  and  energy  efficiency.     ␣ I  pledge  to  vote  on  November  6th  for  a  clean  energy  future  that  will  provide  good  jobs  and  clean  power   in  Virginia.  I  am  calling  on  my  elected  officials  to  prioritize  the  health,  climate  and  economic  benefits  of   renewable  energy  over  the  influence  of  Dominion  and  fossil  fuel  industries.   ␣ I  urge  my  university  to  publicly  call  on  Dominion  Power  and  other  utilities  to  invest  in  wind  and  solar   power  and  energy  efficiency  in  Virginia.  I  want  my  campus  to  be  powered  by  Virginia-­‐made  renewable   energy,  not  fossil  fuels.

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Determined to get the message across, students take their testimony online

Posted on February 5

by Emily Heffling

Posted in Virginia Commonwealth University

By now, hopefully you’ve heard about the environmental attacks coming from Virginia’s state capitol this session. From Governor McDonnell’s transportation bill aimed at deincentivizing more efficient cars like hybrid and electric vehicles, to the backroom deals between Dominion and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to kill clean energy in Virginia, we’ve got a lot to stand up for.

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Categories: Building Political Power

 

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Stopping VA’s Assault on Climate Solutions: takin’ it to the streets

Posted on January 31

by Emily Heffling

Posted in Virginia Commonwealth University

If you haven’t heard about Governor McDonnell’s new transportation bill yet, you may want to sit down for this.

To increase transportation funding for the state, VA Governor Bob McDonnell proposed legislation that would eliminate the state gas tax of 17.5 cents a gallon, and raise sales tax instead. And here’s the kicker- the bill also calls for a $100 fee on Hybrids and Electric Vehicles.

Clearly, this is yet another assult on people trying to reduce their carbon footprint. That’s why today, hybrid owners and climate activists descended upon the State Capitol to give the Governor a piece of their mind. A dozen hybrids with painted windows calling for “No Hybrid Tax” drove around the Capitol honking their horns, as picketers stood armed with signs and windmills, chanting “Tax Pollution, Not Solutions” as the hybrids drove by. Virginia Commonwealth University and Mary Washington students were among the picketers, representing students who are standing up for climate solutions.

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VA legislators: This is Your Wake Up Call

Posted on January 21

by Emily Heffling

Posted in Virginia Commonwealth University

When signs aren’t allowed, demonstrations need permits, and your legislators aren’t hearing what you have to say, sometimes the only thing you can do is dance. And that’s what dozens of students did in Richmond today, as they stormed the State Capitol with a flash mob.

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Categories: Moving Beyond Dirty EnergyBuilding Political PowerBuilding the Clean Energy Economy

 

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Attacks on Clean Energy Hit Virginia

Posted on January 18

by Emily Heffling

Posted in Virginia Commonwealth University

What do Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the Koch Brothers have in common? Unfortunately for those of us who want wind and solar energy, more than we feared. A few days ago, Cuccinelli, a famous climate-denier, teamed up with Dominion Power, the biggest polluter in the state, to release a bill that would effectively kill the only broad clean energy law we have in Virginia. This back room deal isn’t surprising, as Cuccinelli received a $50,000 campaign contribution from the Koch Brothers, and has ties to Koch Industries.

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Students tell State Senators and Delegates: “Fix the RPS: Wind & Solar now!”

Posted on January 11

by Emily Heffling

Posted in Michigan State University Power Vote Virginia Commonwealth University

Every year, the Virginia General Assembly convenes in January to debate and vote on a multitude of issues, ranging from transportation to social issues. But this year, students came together to make sure that their issue was put first and their message clear: We want real steps toward wind and solar, and we want it now.

On Thursday, January 10th, over a dozen students took a trip to the General Assembly in Richmond to sit in on the first meeting of the Commerce & Labor committee. They bore large, bright green stickers asking their representatives to “Fix the RPS: Wind & Solar!”

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Categories: Moving Beyond Dirty EnergyBuilding Political PowerBuilding the Clean Energy Economy

 

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Virginia campuses host Climate Action Meetings across the state

Posted on December 7

by Emily Heffling

Posted in Virginia Commonwealth University

With climate change back in the media and on the national agenda, Virginia campuses have been doing their part to educate fellow students on the impacts of climate change and sign up to take action to get Virginia on track with its state energy policy.

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Over 1,700 VA students PowerVote for clean energy!

Posted on November 7

by Emily Heffling

Posted in Virginia Commonwealth University

Yesterday, over 500 students across Virginia pledged to be a Climate Voter before they hit the polls to cast their ballots.  Wow! I could feel the electoral energy as I stood outside with Virginia Commonwealth University students eager to get last minute pledges for clean energy.

Election Day’s big success adds to the past two weeks on the ground across VA where students have come together in a push to get over 1,700 students pledging to vote for a clean energy future. When it’s so clear that the youth movement wants clean energy, more and more attention is drawn to the weak energy legislation we have in our state. In one of only nine states across that country with NO utility-scale wind or solar power facilities, students have spoken- they’re ready to take a stand for the climate.

It all starts with a vote, and yesterday, hundreds of Virginian students took that first step. Now, it’s time to push harder and make sure we demand climate action and take the lead to keep fossil fuel’s dirty money out of our future.

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