VIRGINIA

The climate crisis is here, and it’s hurting every community in Virginia. Flooding from sea level rise has become one of the most challenging public policy issues ever to face coastal Virginia. Intense storms are devastating agriculture across the state. Dangerous heat waves are causing asthma hospitalizations, heart attacks, and more. Residents of coastal neighborhoods in Norfolk deal with water lapping at their front doors from rising seas. More severe and intense storms are damaging property across the commonwealth.

CCAN and its supporters have achieved significant steps forward to promote clean energy and shut down some of the state’s dirtiest coal-fired power plants in recent years. But Virginia’s vast potential for clean energy and energy efficiency solutions still remains largely untapped because fossil fuel interests — led by Dominion Energy — continue to stand in the way of progress.

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STOP THE MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE

Dominion Energy and its allies in the gas industry want to build up two huge new fracked-gas pipelines through the Blue Ridge and Appalachian regions of Virginia and West Virginia. As many as 19 new gas pipelines are proposed in the Appalachian basin. From fueling toxic fracking, to removing 38 miles of mountain ridgetops, to destroying people’s land, to leaking heat-­trapping methane, these pipelines would harm our communities and our climate every step of the way. CCAN is committed to working alongside those living on the front lines of these projects to stop the spread of natural gas pipelines throughout our state and our region. We just stopped the Atlantic Coast Pipeline – a HUGE victory – but construction for the Mountain Valley Pipeline continues, and we are committed to fighting it. Learn more >>

SEA LEVEL RISE: VIRGINIA’S GREATEST THREAT

The climate crisis is at our doorstep, and fossil fuel pollution is to blame. Virginians know flooding has become one of the most challenging policy issues facing our state, especially on the coast. The rising of ocean waters due to climate change, combined with the area’s sinking land, will cause as much as 7.5 feet of sea level rise by century’s end, according to the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences. Bigger, climate-fueled, storms also will prove to be a huge burden for local communities across Virginia. Learn more>>

NO OFFSHORE DRILLING FOR VIRGINIA

Offshore oil drilling would threaten Virginia’s coastal communities and fishing and tourism industries with devastating spills, while enabling more of the fossil fuel pollution causing climate change and rising sea levels. We want wind mills, not oil spills! Learn more>>

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WE BROUGHT VIRGINIA TO 100% CLEAN ENERGY

In March 2020, we passed the Virginia Clean Economy Act! This bill will bring a 100% carbon-free electricity grid to Virginia and eliminates utility fossil fuel emissions. This will benefit Virginians through lower monthly utility bills, tens of thousands of new clean energy jobs, and cleaner air while tackling the Commonwealth’s contribution to climate change. Learn more >>

CLEAN TRANSPORTATION: TACKLING VIRGINIA’S LARGEST POLLUTER

The science is clear: climate change is a serious threat to our well-being and economy. In Virginia, transportation is the single largest polluter, so we need to act quickly to electrify our transportation. In 2021, our sister organization CCAN Action Fund passed a bill that will require Virginia to adopt Clean Car Standards, which will it much easier for Virginians to purchase electric vehicles, clean up transportation, and more.  Learn more>>

WE BEAT THE “HEADER INJUSTICE PROJECT”: VIRGINIA’S LATEST FRACKED-GAS THREAT

Virginia Natural Gas (VNG) called it their “Header Improvement Project” — a horribly misleading misnomer. CCAN called it the “Header Injustice Project,” and it was the next big pipeline fight in Virginia. The proposal was for three new gas pipelines, totaling 24 miles, and three new or expanded gas compressor stations from Northern Virginia, through the middle of the state, and to the shore in Hampton Roads.  Learn more>>

WE JOINED THE REGIONAL GREENHOUSE GAS INITIATIVE

We need energy solutions and energy justice now. Virginians have the 10th highest electric bills in the nation and a higher electricity burden than the national average. Furthermore, Virginia communities need funding to protect our valuable coastal communities from sea level rise. But while the impacts of climate change are at our doorstep, so are the solutions. With the passage of the Clean Energy and Community Flood Preparedness Act, Virginia will join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, to access millions of dollars to save our coasts and lower electricity bills for everyone. Learn more>>

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