We should be taxing pollution, not climate solutions. Unfortunately, the 2013 General Assembly passed a bill that does the opposite: punishing Virginians for conserving gasoline by slapping a $64 annual tax on owners of hybrid vehicles. In the 2014 legislative session, CCAN and our legislative partners are working to repeal this unfair tax with bi-partisan bills in the state House and Senate.
The Hampton Roads region is one of the most vulnerable areas in America to the impacts of climate change. The consequences are here now. Sea-levels are rising fast, forcing the raising of homes, roadways and naval infrastructure to fight chronic flooding. Ocean temperatures are warming, driving bigger and more intense storms and longer hurricane seasons. And ocean waters are becoming more acidic, harming the region’s seafood industry.
Virginia's 2007 voluntary Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) (§ 56-585.2) was meant to make Virginia’s air and water cleaner, and reduce the commonwealth’s emissions of greenhouse gases. Unfortunately, lobbyists for the state's largest utility companies riddled the RPS with so many loopholes that it is not serving this intended purpose.
Virginia boasts a tremendous renewable energy resource: offshore wind. The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is working with other Virginia environmental groups to encourage Dominion Virginia Power and Governor McDonnell to work together to bring offshore wind energy development to the commonwealth.