COMMENTARY

On Aug. 8, Mountain Valley Pipeline requested "emergency authorization" from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to repair an eight-acre landslide that “has progressed to the point where a residence directly downslope is unsafe to be occupied.”Unfortunately, events like this are almost expected; MVP chose to route, and FERC chose...
By Diane RobertsRemember back when some Americans thought Barack Obama was the antichrist, hell-bent on wrecking everything from the oil industry to Christmas?Good times!Compared to Donald Trump, Obama was an amateur. The haystack-headed Current Occupant is much more convincing as a Destroyer of Worlds, as is his minion David Bernhardt,...
Chances are, the people you know who call themselves environmentalists also celebrate racial diversity and think the U.S. should welcome immigrants and refugees. What, then, are we to make of white nationalists who invoke environmental concerns to justify acts of violence against immigrants?Recent news articles tell us the suspect...
One of the more important data sets to have been released recently are the new 2030 and 2040 population projections from the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center’s Demographics Research Group. The Weldon Cooper Center is the commonwealth’s official demographer and their projections impact a whole host of state...
There’s a great line in 2014’s "Godzilla" that I thought about during the last Democratic debate, as the candidates turned to health care. To set the scene, humanity’s had a pretty bad day, which is kind of standard in Godzilla movies.We just found out that earth was home to...
I like that my birthday falls on Halloween.Always have, even though I’ve heard all the corny jokes — “You definitely were a trick, not a treat!” “You can save money by using your face as a mask!” — throughout my nearly three-score years. The Oct. 31 milestone (6:45 a.m. in...

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Sooner or later, this was bound to happen.When Virginia's own Ken Cuccinelli — the former attorney general famous for attempting to prosecute climate change research, covering up Virtus' bareness, suing to overturn Obamacare, defending anti-sodomy laws and other conservative windmill-tilting that even rolled the eyes of many a Republican...
Del. Nicholas Freitas asserts state elections officials are picking on him. The bullies. They won’t give him a pass for his inattention to detail.The Culpeper Republican even took to his Facebook page last week, casting aspersions on two of Gov. Ralph Northam’s appointees on the state Board of Elections. Freitas was...
I have nothing particularly new, trenchant or poignant to say on our great, intractable gun debate, the latest slew of firearm massacres or our bigoted president's dangerous rhetoric.My past thoughts on the numbing frequency of mass shootings and guns are here, here and here. And I haven't made a...
In June, Fairfax County announced it was seeking proposals from solar companies to install solar at up to 130 county-owned facilities and schools, with another 100 sites to be considered for a later round. The request for proposals (RFP) covers solar on building roofs, ground-mounted solar and solar canopies...