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This Earth Month: Take these 4 local steps while you “think globally”

By Mike Tidwell I used to be a globe-hopping environmental activist. I went to climate change conferences in Montreal and Copenhagen. I travelled regionally, too, to Richmond and Annapolis, to harangue legislators. The travel made me part of the pollution problem, of course. But I bought “carbon offsets” to compensate, saving Amazon rainforests.  Now, like …

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BREAKING: Virginia Clean Economy Act Signed Into Law

RICHMOND, VA — The oldest deliberative body in the Western Hemisphere made a new kind of history today. With climate change impacts growing worldwide and scientists saying we’re almost out of time, the Virginia General Assembly leaped into national leadership on climate policy with passage of the “Virginia Clean Economy Act” (SB 851). Now, Governor …

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Maryland General Assembly ended three weeks early — what does that mean for climate action?

Coronavirus is climate change on warp speed These are trying times.  Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, the Maryland General Assembly ended their 2020 legislative session last night — three weeks earlier than planned.  We are thankful that our lawmakers are taking the necessary steps to “flatten the curve,” and that they were able …

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Sine Die: MD leadership must address climate change when GA reconvenes

Climate Advocates to Maryland General Assembly Leaders: Address Climate Change During May Special Session CCAN Action Fund Applauds Governor, General Assembly Leaders for Proactive Coronavirus Response Due to Shortened Session, Maryland Running Out of Time to Address Climate Crisis ANNAPOLIS, MD — With the Maryland General Assembly adjourning Sine Die today — ending the 2020 …

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BREAKING: Virginia Clean Economy Act gets Final Passage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 6, 2020 CONTACT: Denise Robbins, Communications Director, denise@chesapeakeclimate.org, 240-630-1889 Harrison Wallace, Virginia Director, harrison@chesapeakeclimate.org, 804-305-1472 RICHMOND, VA — The oldest deliberative body in the Western Hemisphere made a new kind of history today. With climate change impacts growing worldwide and scientists saying we’re almost out of time, the Virginia General Assembly …

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Breaking: Virginia Clean Economy Act Passes House of Delegates’ Final Vote

Statement: “Virginia is one step closer to leaping from the back of the pack to being a leading state on clean energy” Richmond, VA – Today, the Virginia House of Delegates voted 51-45 to pass the Virginia Clean Economy Act (SB 851, HB 1526).  Harrison Wallace, Virginia Director of CCAN Action Fund, stated:  “With today’s …

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Legislation to join RGGI a win for clean air, necessary first step in addressing the climate crisis in Virginia

Bill will send hundreds of millions of dollars to benefit low-income communities RICHMOND – Legislation from Senator Lynwood Lewis and Delegate Charniele Herring, Majority Leader of the House of Delegates, to finalize Virginia’s membership in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is gaining momentum at the General Assembly, with strong votes today moving both bills forward.  …

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Virginia General Assembly Passes Legislation to Join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2020 CONTACT: Harrison Wallace, Virginia Director, 804-305-1472, harrison@chesapeakeclimate.org Denise Robbins, Communications Director, 240-630-1889, denise@chesapeakeclimate.org   Virginia General Assembly Passes Legislation to Join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative “When There Is Enough Effort and Will, Powerful Ideas Can Triumph”   RICHMOND, VA — Today, the Virginia General Assembly passed the Clean Energy and Community Flood …

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Virginia Clean Economy Act Grassroots Call Transcript

On February 20th, 2020, the CCAN Action Fund and the Virginia Sierra Club hosted a grassroots conference call with special guest Delegate Rip Sullivan. Below is an overview and edited transcript of the recording, and the audio of the call can be found here: Featured speakers:Delegate Rip Sullivan, 48th District, House Caucus Chair, Vice Chair …

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On the Virginia Clean Economy Act and the Green New Deal Act

By Harrison Wallace It is with utmost respect and appreciation for everyone in the Virginia Green New Deal movement that I am writing this today. We have seen a lot of confusion among supporters who are wondering why there were two big climate bills introduced in the Virginia legislative session this year, and wondering why …

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