Four veterans spoke out Thursday, May 25, about fundamental problems they see with both the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline projects. They said they are “willing to defend their country and are going to defend their communities too.”
Retired U.S. Army officer Russell Chisholm said, “It’s really become about the control of state governments, abuse of vulnerable communities by the extraction industries.”
And retired U.S. Air Force Col. Dave Belote added,”My plea to the governor, to anyone who is elected into that role this November is stop looking backwards, let’s look forwards and let’s make the Commonwealth of Virginia a hub of clean renewable energy.”
And on May 25, 2017, members of the Veterans Service Corps sent a letter to Governor McAuliffe stating their opposition to the ACP and MVP. “These pipelines are not in the best interest of the people and we will not allow Dominion and the fossil fuel industry to put citizens in danger for the sake of their pocketbooks.”
According to “Virginia Electric and Power Company’s Report of Its Integrated Resource Plan, May 1, 2017,” only 3% of Dominion’s power output is generated from renewable energy sources. Yes, renewables are the fastest growing sector of the energy market and the biggest job growth area, but Virginia lags way behind.
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The Future of Energy journeys across America to shine a light on the communities and individuals who are at the forefront of the clean energy revolution, taking practical steps to transition from fossil fuels to renewable power.
Solar, wind and water could power the planet by the year 2050, according to experts in the film, substantially reducing carbon emissions. What’s needed is the social and political willpower to make changes on a large scale.
For recent relevant stories, see our posts on More Workers in Solar than in Fossil Fuel Power Generation, on U.S. Hits Solar Pricing Goal 3 Years Ahead of Schedule, and on the President’s Executive Order to Expedite Environmental Reviews.
A January 2017 report from the Department of Energy says solar power employed 42% of the Electric Power Generation sector’s workforce in 2016, while fossil fuels combined accounted for just 22%. According to a January 25, 2017, Forbes article, “The boom in the country’s solar workforce can be attributed to construction work associated with expanding generation capacity. The gulf in employment is growing with net generation from coal falling 53 percent over the last decade. During the same period, electricity generation from natural gas increased 33 percent while solar expanded 5,000 percent.” The graphic above is by Forbes/Statista.
Dominion claims ‘jobs’ as one of positives that their pipeline will bring to communities. But the pipeline builders will not be local folks, and after construction, required employment numbers will be minimal. Dominion’s cited “jobs” = Dominion’s propaganda.
The DoE report is here. The Forbes article is here.
In early 2011 solar utility usage cost close to $4.00/watt. The DOE’s SunShot Initiative hoped to reduce the total costs of PV solar energy systems by about 75 percent so that they were cost-competitive with other forms of energy without subsidies before 2020. Now, with the advent of $1.00-per-watt (DC) pricing for utility fixed-tilt PV systems, the solar industry has crushed the SunShot Program’s $1.00-per-watt goal for 2020 three years early.
THIS is the infrastructure the U.S should focus on!
Read the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis blog post here, and read GreenTech Media’s original article here.