COMMENTARY

By Richard Eggeling and Bill Johnson The Rappahannock Group of the Sierra Club has taken awhile in arriving at our position on sPower's proposed Spotsylvania solar farm because we wanted to complete our own analysis of the issues.On the one hand, it is critical that we stop spewing greenhouse gases...
Gov. Ralph Northam's administration is finalizing regulations to reduce the carbon pollution from Virginia power plants by 30 percent between 2020 and 2030.The Department of Environmental Quality estimates the move will cost consumers only about a dollar per month while accelerating the transition to clean energy. (Virginia's State...
In the weeks since Gov. Ralph Northam was condemned for the racist activities he engaged in in the past, I’ve not been happy, nor comfortable.I’ve struggled to find the way to say what I need to say without alienating the people I want to work with.I’ve walked a rhetorical...
What's even a low blow or cheap shot anymore in this begrimed age of Trump? Have we all sunken permanently into the mud of a new, no-holds-barred normal, where apologizing is anathema, facts are irrelevant and trying to score points is all that matters?Politics has always been vicious, angry...
In December of last year, regulators at the State Corporation Commission took the unprecedented step of rejecting Dominion Energy Virginia’s Integrated Resource Plan. Among other reasons, the SCC said the utility had inflated projections of how much electricity its customers would use in the future.On March 8, Dominion came...
The dental community has been focused on training and educational opportunities for dentists to change the way they prescribe opioids for dental procedures. For the past three years, I have been an advocate of the change, a role I did not choose: I was chosen for it. Four years ago, my...
My first job at a daily newspaper, which I started 12 years ago this month in the swamps of south Louisiana, may have spoiled me as far as what to expect from public records laws.Louisiana, where I worked for five years and a place I dearly love, might not...
When the General Assembly session opened Jan. 9, legislators were presented with dozens of bills designed to save money for consumers, lower energy consumption, provide more solar options and set us on a pathway to an all-renewables future.Almost none of these measures passed, while bills that benefited utilities...
Even after more than two years of being steadily bludgeoned into subservience by the Department of Environmental Quality and the Attorney General's office over the regulation of a pair of contentious natural gas pipeline projects, Friday's meeting of the Virginia State Water Control Board was a new low point.The...
On Friday, the Virginia State Water Control Board will meet to discuss whether it should revoke a key permit previously issued to Mountain Valley Pipeline.The permit in question, the 401 Water Quality Certification, authorizes pipeline construction in upland areas; essentially everywhere except wetlands and stream crossings.Crucially, this permit does...