COMMENTARY

By Chris Meyer and John Semmelhack In Virginia, the time to adopt policies to promote electricity over natural gas has come. Widespread electrification of space heating, water heating and cooking has the potential to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and improve public health. As our electric grid’s renewable energy has grown, the...
By Bob PeckmanDavid Paylor wrote a very nice piece on April 24 about the urgent need to protect our environment and about the progress we have made doing that.They are very nice words, but where was he when we were reporting egregious violations by Mountain Valley Pipeline?  We sent photographs...
By Tom Pelton and Mariah Lamm With a Chesapeake Bay cleanup deadline bearing down in less than five years, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring yesterday joined his counterparts in Maryland and the District of Columbia in filing a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over its failure to enforce a landmark...
Folks who criticized Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam for limiting the size of church services the past several weeks – including opportunists in the Trump administration – acted as if the guv were denying residents their right to practice religion. It’s an odd stance since the regulations, in the face of...
Last month, as it was becoming apparent that Virginia was lagging other states in testing capacity and struggling to procure enough protective gear for long-term care facilities, first responders and hospitals, Gov. Ralph Northam's administration announced it had reached a deal with global consulting firm McKinsey and Company to...
The more things change, the more they stay the same.Dominion Energy Virginia filed its 2020 Integrated Resource Plan on May 1. Instead of charting the electric utility’s pathway to zero carbon emissions, it announced its intent to hang on to all its gas plants, and even add to...
By Anna JengThe federal government has pushed for reopening nationwide as COVID-19 cases continue rising in many parts of the country. In Virginia, with anticipated decreased death tolls and reduced spread, Gov. Ralph Northam has set May 15 for gradually reopening businesses with enhanced safety measures in place. Such...
By Mike Murphy and Kathy Freise In March, Virginia’s electric cooperatives quietly signed a letter to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and members of the General Assembly asking them to delay the implementation of several new laws. The letter bore the letterhead of a group calling itself the “Coalition for a...
By David SlighIn March, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality announced a new stakeholder advisory group to discuss numeric criteria for turbidity in streams.Turbidity is a measure of sediment (dirt) and organic materials that make waterbodies cloudy or muddy, harm fish and other critters and impair human uses....
Ah spring, when wedding bells peal, couples say “I do,” rice and bridal bouquets fly, toasts are raised and jubilant friends and family drink, dance, dine … and drink.Like life’s other joyful moments, this spring’s long-planned weddings have either been postponed or drastically scaled back by the COVID-19 pandemic....