This is a special edition of a regular series of contributed news roundups about statewide environmental and energy news. This piece highlights, with links to further coverage in various media outlets, some of the energy, transportation, and utility bills introduced during the recently-ended 2023 General Assembly (GA) session. Not all-inclusive, the bills noted include actions by area legislators (Delegates Avoli, Runion, Wilt; State Senators Hanger, Obenshain).
A contributed perspectives piece by Melissa Weaver
A contributed perspectives piece by Deborah Figliola
A number of teachers are challenging the Harrisonburg Public Schools’ disturbing policy that dictates how teachers must approach students struggling with their gender, and I am one of them.
A contributed perspectives piece by Matt Phillippi
February is a month filled with important dates in Scouting.
A contributed perspectives piece by Glenn Logan Reitze
A curious and maybe even wonderful ritual occurs annually in thousands of high schools in the early weeks of the calendar year, usually from about mid-February to mid-March. It’s called The Musical, and for thousands of young people who feel even slightly warmed by a burning desire to be seen and perform, it is the time to try their wings and soar.
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%.”
A contributed perspectives piece by E.K. Knappenberge
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. …