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Local Sierra Club Group Protests New Power Plant in Southern Virginia

Protestors perform the Electric Slide in front of Dominion headquarters in Richmond.

Earlier this month, members of the Mount Vernon group of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club joined hundreds of other Virginians in Richmond to protest the construction of a natural gas plant in Brunswick County.

Dominion Virginia Power will seek a permit from the State Corporation Commission in Richmond on Wednesday, April 24, to build the plant.

The April 14 demonstration protested Dominion’s plant proposal, which the Sierra Club said demonstrates an investment in unsustainable energy and carbon-polluting fossil fuels.

Participants in the demonstration performed the Electric Slide en masse to Marcia Griffiths’ 1976 song “Electric Boogie” to urge Dominion to “slide” toward clean energy.

"This Earth Day the best thing we can do for our communities is to stop Dominion's poorly planned fossil fuel plant, and invest in clean energy instead," said Phillip Ellis, a field organizer with the Sierra Club who works out of the group’s office on Mount Vernon Avenue.  

Ellis said thousands of Virginians have asked the SCC to consider the long-term consequences of Dominion’s proposals. Testimony to the SCC in regards to the plant suggested that energy efficiency would be a cheaper and safer option to meet the Virginia’s power needs, he said.

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James Dunning April 22, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Where do these stupid children think the power to POWER their smartphones and tablets come from? I would ask Phillip to go back to practicing his yoga instead of complaining about energy concerns well above his pay grade. Natural gas is CHEAP right now and until Phillip invents the magic battery we need cost effective energy. If he wants to pay more let him--the rest of Alexandria does not.
Pierre L'Enfant April 23, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Well said. These people need to realize that closing power plants will lead to less jobs and higher rates for energy. Natural gas is cheap and clean. Good going guys!
Almost Numb April 23, 2013 at 05:34 PM
In the 70s the Club was pro Nuke. Now they are anti-nuke and pro wind and & solar. What should we use that is 0 carbon, 0 nuke, when it is dark and calm???
Bruce April 23, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Why is there so much venom on this Del Ray Patch? Are people allowed to express a thought without being called stupid? Is respect a lost virtue?
Allan Masri April 23, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Using green energy instead of fossil fuels will lead to more jobs and lower energy rates. Vermont has increased energy efficiency by 2.3% in the last year through their aggressive, conservation-first policies and has become a net exporter of electricity. 2.3% of Dominion Power's revenues would be $350 million. In three years this would pay for another power plant, but of course we won't need one. Power from wind and solar sources cost less than natural gas already with federal subsidies. Green energy produces 3 times as many jobs as fossil-fuel energy. Just as important is that all those jobs will be local jobs, installing insulation, solar water heaters, etc. This will funnel more cash into the local economy and help reduce taxes. That's all happening right now. Over the 30-year life of the Brunswick Power Plant the following events are almost certain to occur: 1. Demand for power will decrease as more efficient buildings come on line. 2. The cost of green energy will decrease as technology improves and mass production brings economies of scale. 3. The cost of fossil fuels will increase dramatically as the cost of cleaning up the environment is added to them--that's only fair since polluters have always counted on government (and the taxpayers) to clean up the environmental damage they cause. Let's plan for the future, not fantasize about a return to the past. Information sources: ThinkProgress.org; Union of Concerned Scientists; aceee.org.
James Dunning April 24, 2013 at 12:21 AM
"almost certain to occur". Great fantasy speak. Your green jobs are giant green lies. Be honest. Coming from the top down. Your dishonesty enjoys you but not the rest of us. Your "information sources" are propagandists. You may call mine the same. I leave it to the dear reader to decide their own truth. All you have to do though is use Bing.com to search "obama failed green energy". That is your tax dollar out the window for nonsense. How many people lost good jobs with the closing of the Mirant plant? Hundreds. If you don't want to live next to a coal plant then don't move there. Simple concept. It worked just fine for the last 50 years of the Greatest Generation. Now we have Allan Masri and the Greatest Generation of Whiners. http://blog.heritage.org/2012/10/18/president-obamas-taxpayer-backed-green-energy-failures/

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