Category Archives: environment

Among Virginia’s Candidates, Who Has the Best Record on Environmental Issues?

Today the Virginia Chapter of the non-partisan League of Conservation Voters issued its 2009 rankings of legislators. As members of the legislature, the Democratic nominees for Governor and Attorney General are included, as is the GOP nominee for AG. Where did they end up?

Here’s the scoop:

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Sen. Creigh Deeds had the second highest ranking of the members of the Virginia Senate. LCV reported that Deeds voted with the League 91 percent of the time in 2009. His average rating since 2000 is 86 percent. Continue reading


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Auto-Tune the News

Who knew that the climate change debate, the death of Michael Jackson and abuse of prescription drugs could be this entertaining with Auto-Tuning? (To understand how this technology works, check out this NPR story from last year.)

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Obama’s Climate Change Win: Who Backed the President, Who Didn’t and Why

Yesterday evening, the House of Representatives passed an historic climate change bill which will reduce the level of greenhouse gases emitted in the U.S. over time by requiring polluting businesses to purchase credits to continue to pollute at current levels. Businesses who pollute less will be able to profit from selling the credits to businesses who aren’t willing to change their polluting ways.

The vote was close. 8 Republicans joined the Democratic leadership to pass the bill, while 44 Democrats joined Republicans in voting against the bill. Continue reading


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Newt Gingrich undecided in Va. Governor’s race

newt-gingrichOkay, okay. You don’t believe this headline, do you? (I don’t either.) But this is what Newt Gingrich, the discredited former GOP House Speaker, wants you to believe.

Yesterday, Gingrich’s American Solutions for Winning the Future sent a letter to Virginia gubernatorial candidates Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds seeking their support for Gingrich’s effort to defeat the  American Clean Energy & Security Act of 2009, better know as the Cap and Trade bill. The bill, which was authored by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee and may come to the full House floor as early as next week.

In this letter, American Solutions describes the bill as a “new and complex national energy tax system”  which would “dramatically raise taxes on every single citizen of Virginia and kill Virginia jobs.” 

Cue the scary music please. Continue reading


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Dear Mr. McAuliffe: You’re Pretty Slick on Oil

Dear Mr. McAuliffe:

Your campaign consultant Mo Elleithee and some of your supporters are unhappy with my questions about your position on whether or not there should be drilling off the shore of Virginia Beach.

They have accused me of “false attacks” and “Rovian” tactics. I’ve been accused of “misrepresenting” your position. I’ve also been fingered as a supporter of your opponent Brian Moran. I am not. (At this point, I’m still trying to decide whether or not I will vote for Mr. Moran or Creigh Deeds.)

For reasons I’ve stated elsewhere on this blog and Twitter, I am strongly opposed to your candidacy. If you are our party’s nominee, I will not vote for you or Bob McDonnell.

That said, you may very will be the nominee of my party and you very well may become my governor.

That’s why I am writing you. Continue reading


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Offshore Drilling: Where Do Deeds and McAuliffe Stand?

Earlier this month, I posted a lengthier piece on why I am opposed to drilling off the shore of Virginia. After reading the environmental reports, I’ve concluded that the risks to our tourism and commericial fishing industries far outweigh the potential gain.

From what I’ve been able to tell Brian Moran is clearly against offshore drilling, while Bob McDonnell clearly supports it. I’m not sure where Creigh Deeds and Terry McAuliffe stand, but here’s a new YouTube video which uses McAuliffe’s new energy ad airing in Hampton Roads and questions his stance on offshore drilling.

I’d welcome comments from all the candidates to provide policy statements here. Frankly, I’d like to hear more from all the candidates on this issue, even Brian Moran, who shares my view. Are McAuliffe and Deeds aligned with Moran on this or McDonnell?

Meanwhile, what do you think about off shore drilling?

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Why I’m Opposed to Drilling Off Virginia’s Coast

The outcome was predictable. “More energy equals more jobs for Virginia,” Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling declared.

Bolling made these remarks and professed his everlasting devotion to Big Oil at a forum held last week to promote oil and natural gas drilling off the coast of Virginia. Bolling, along with Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, has adopted Sen. John McCain’s platform when it comes to offshore exploration: “Drill, baby, drill!” Continue reading


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