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It's official: Dominion is VA's Biggest Global Warming Polluter

by: glenbesa

Sun Jan 15, 2012 at 14:23:23 PM EST

( - promoted by lowkell)

EPA's first inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions finds Dominion-Virginia Power to be the state's Biggest Climate Change Polluter

Following a year of bizarre and destructive weather, the US EPA has just released its first inventory of large emitters of greenhouse gas emissions. The data available on a searchable website shows Dominion-Virginia Power to be the state's largest emitter of greenhouse gases that cause climate change. The top three polluters in Virginia were all Dominion Virginia Power coal-fired power plants: Chesterfield, Clover, and Chesapeake Power Stations.

"We are pleased that Dominion is proposing to retire several of its oldest and dirtier coal units," said Glen Besa, Virginia Director for the Sierra Club. Last September, Dominion announced the retirement of both the Chesapeake and Yorktown coal plants which among the top ten polluters in Virginia.  

"The retirement of the Chesapeake and Yorktown coal plants is welcome news except that Dominion has announced its intention to replace that electricity with new gas-fired power plants," said Besa. "Natural gas is cleaner than coal but it still is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. For example, also in the top ten of the state's biggest polluters is the Tenaska Virginia Generating Station, a gas fired power plant in Fluvanna County ranked at number nine."

glenbesa :: It's official: Dominion is VA's Biggest Global Warming Polluter
"Our reliance on fossil fuels, coal, natural gas and oil, all contribute to climate change," explained Besa. "That is why it is critical that we begin the transition away from these fuels that are disrupting our climate and contributing to sea level rise."

The inventory shows that 74.5 % of our greenhouse gas emissions from large emitters in Virginia come from power plants.

"There is an alternative to disrupting our climate, inundating our coasts and polluting our air," said Besa. "Wind and solar technology that we have today can move us along a path to a clean energy future.  In building that future, Virginia will see thousands of new clean energy jobs. It is just a matter of political will."

"Unfortunately, if we wait too long to begin this transition to clean energy, the economic and human costs of climate change will be overwhelming.  Just consider the costs of seawalls and levies throughout Hampton Roads, an area second only to New Orleans in vulnerability to sea level rise," stated Besa.  

The U.S. EPA's website where the greenhouse gas inventory can be found is

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At this point, Dominion's "proposals" mean next to nothing. Until firm and unequivocal action is taken to cut their contribution to regional and global warming, Dominion will continue to have a target on its back.  


The larger problem... (0.00 / 0) Dominion's dominion over state politicians, which has stopped Virginia from taking the kind of reasonable steps to strongly incentivize energy efficiency and renewable energy that dozens of other states have -- like a renewable portfolio, free audits by utilities and serious incentives to add solar to homes and businesses.

Dominion has woken up enough to take a few steps to improve, but on its own timetable and rules without any pressure whatsoever from the state.  Remind me again why we have a government here -- isn't it to take actions that move us all forward?

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corporations, for the corporations (which, according to Willard, are "people"). Did you not learn that in school? Oh wait, that's not what they taught us? Hmmmm.  

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