Statewide environmental news roundup – Feb. 2023
A public radio station story explored the effects of declining coal on electric bills in Virginia, where natural gas, nuclear power and renewables “now supply far more electricity.” The US Energy Information Administration provides extensive data on Virginia’s energy profile, including this: “In 2021, natural gas accounted for 57% of Virginia’s total electricity net generation, nuclear supplied 30%, renewables—mostly biomass and solar energy—provided 9%, and coal fueled less than 4%.”
Community Perspective: In Defense of NIMBYism; A Philosophical-Historical Reflection
A contributed perspectives piece by E.K. Knappenberge
Community Perspective: ‘Can’t Feel At Home’ – a review and appreciation
A contributed perspectives piece by Glenn Logan Reitze John Glick’s, “Can’t Feel at Home,” is a remarkable play. It tells a story – basically true – likely to be understood and appreciated anywhere, but that will resonate most deeply here in Virginia, within sight and shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The play is by Dr. John T. …
Statewide environmental news roundup – Jan. 2023
The 2023 General Assembly session will end on February 25. A Virginia energy commentator thinks there are several bills that “could bring more clean energy to your community”, also noting that local governments are working along these lines as well.
Community Perspective: Protecting the land from sprawl at the local level
A contributed perspectives piece by Evan Knappenberger I understand the interest in the movement for affordable housing. It seems unjust that for many the necessity of clean and safe living space is out of reach. And indeed it is unjust, especially for those of us in the millennial category that have been squeezed out of home ownership …
Community Perspective: Public Notice amendment provides for more awareness, financial savings and fairness
The time has come for members of the General Assembly to seriously consider the rapidly growing segment of the media industry that includes online news agencies to be at least on par with the quickly diminishing segment of the media industry represented by printed newspapers.
Community Perspective: How Harrisonburg Residents Can Lower Our Carbon Footprint And Address The Housing Crisis
A contributed perspectives piece by Brent Finnegan Imagine a city in the Shenandoah Valley that is sustainable, prosperous, and affordable. This small, resilient city has the lowest carbon footprint of any city its size in the US. It’s so inherently walkable and bikeable, many residents don’t even need a car for their day-to-day transportation. Families …
Community Perspective: K-12 Student Growth is not Stopping Anytime Soon
A contributed perspectives piece by Joe Fitzgerald.
Correlation isn’t causation. That’s what people will tell you when they’re trying to deny or soft-pedal the relationship between two numbers twined together like snakes on a caduceus. What they should say is that correlation isn’t always causation, but more often than not it’s a good starting point.