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Cheap Renewables Could Make 90% of Proposed Gas Power Plants — and Many Pipelines — Obsolete by 2035

Check out DesmogBlog's coverage of the Applied Economic Clinic's report, sponsored by Mothers Out Front. The truth is we don't need the methane gas supplies that the utilities are claiming we do.

Take, for example, the Atlantic Coast pipeline, a project that would cross West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina, and was originally projected to cost roughly $4.5 billion (a price tag which has spiraled up to roughly $7.5 billion as the project has run aground in court challenges, with Moody’s Investor Services downgrading the project to “credit negative” in February).

A report in January by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis questioned the need for the entire project, predicting that demand for natural gas would be eroded by cheap renewables and observing that most of the companies planning to ship gas on the pipeline were actually affiliates of the pipeline’s own sponsors.

In July, 18 Virginia lawmakers wrote to FERC, urging the commission to suspend federal authorization for the pipeline, arguing that developers had failed to show the pipeline was neeeded. 

That argument was potentially bolstered this week by the publication of a report focused on a proposed extension of the Atlantic Coast pipeline to Hampton Roads, Virginia. The report was sponsored by Mothers Out Front, an organization focused on fighting climate change.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Stanton, director of the Applied Economics Clinic and author of the report, concluded that the local utility, Virginia Natural Gas, had overestimated demand for natural gas in the region. She noted that the utility’s estimates were five times higher than projections by energy consulting firm Wood MacKenzie.

 

Read the full story here:

 


Media Advisory for September 10, 2019 

Contact: Josh Glasstetter at 202-905-2921 or josh@westendstrategy.com

 

Telebriefing, New Report on Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Hampton Roads

Author of new report joins community members to evaluate case for Southside Connector

 

NORFOLK, VA. — On Tuesday, September 10, at 11 a.m., the author of a new report on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline extension to Hampton Roads will participate in a telebriefing with local community members and leaders. Liz Stanton, founder and director of the Applied Economics Clinic, will be joined by Norfolk City Councilwoman Angelia Williams Graves and impacted community members, including a Berkley, Va. resident who lives on the proposed pipeline route.

The Applied Economics Clinic report set out to answer the question of whether Hampton Roads’ electric or gas supply is at risk without increased supply from a new gas pipeline. The report concludes that Virginia Natural Gas, a subsidiary of Dominion Energy, has ample gas pipeline capacity and has previously overstated future peak demand.

Local community members and leaders will provide their perspective on the report and the potential impact of the proposed pipeline extension.

 

WHAT: Telebriefing on Atlantic Coast Pipeline extension to Hampton Roads

WHO:

  • Liz Stanton, founder and director of the Applied Economics Clinic, will unveil her new report, highlighting the key findings and methodology.
  • Susan Scerbo, a Chesapeake resident who has raised concerns about the pipeline, will provide her perspective on the report. 
  • Angela Howard, a Berkley, Va. resident, will speak to the potential impact of the pipeline extension on her life. She lives on the proposed route. 
  • Councilwoman Angelia Williams Graves(Ward 7) of the Norfolk City Council will speak about her concerns about the pipeline project.
  • Kim Sudderth, a Norfolk resident and senior organizer with Mothers Out Front, will moderate the call and Q&A.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 10 at 11:00 a.m. EST

WHERE: RSVP to Josh Glasstetter at josh@westendstrategy.comor 1-202-905-2921 for dial-in information.

 

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READ THE REPORT by clicking below:


Mothers Out Front Fairfax Regarding Dominion Energy Plan to Replace Diesel School Buses With Electric

 

Contact: Tiziana Bottino, tiziana.bottino@mothersoutfront.org 

 

August 29, 2019, Fairfax, VA - Mothers Out Front Fairfax was pleased to be in attendance today as a sweeping Electric School Bus initiative was announced by Dominion Energy. The plan will put 50 electric school buses on the road in our state by next year and aims to have all diesel school bus replacements in Virginia be electric by 2030. Mothers Out Front Fairfax applauds Dominion’s initiative.

Mothers Out Front Fairfax has set a goal of transitioning Fairfax County Public Schools to all electric school buses as soon as possible, so Dominion’s announcement today is great news. This is an important, positive step toward giving our kids healthy air to breathe and a livable future in the face of climate change.


Local mothers call on FCPS to get onboard electric school bus initiative

More coverage for Mothers Out Front Fairfax County Electric School Bus initiative launch!

The budding Fairfax County chapter of the national advocacy network Mothers Out Front introduced itself to the larger community on Aug. 20 at Patrick Henry Library in Vienna by launching a Clean Buses for Kids campaign to bring electric buses to Fairfax County Public Schools.

“We felt like it was a great way to do something concrete and make a difference in our local area,” Mothers Out Front Fairfax County co-founder Bobby Monacella said. “…Fairfax can make a really big difference if we switch to electric school buses.”

 

Read all about it:

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Community members and school board reps consider electric school buses

VA - Mothers Out Front Fairfax County makes the news again as they call for healthy, electric school buses! 

VIENNA, Va. (WDVM) — Mothers Out Front Fairfax, a chapter of the national climate group, wants the Fairfax County School Board to ditch its diesel fueled school buses in exchange for electric school buses; the healthier choice for the kids, and for the environment.

“We have the second-largest fleet in the country, so if we make this change it’s going to make a real impact on the entire country’s emissions,” said Bobby Monacella, co-leader of Mothers Out Front Fairfax. “It’s just important, I think, for everyone in Fairfax County to reach out to the school board and let them know that they care about this.”


BLOG: Mothers Out Front!

Thank you to Al Markowitz for interviewing Mother Out Front Kim Williams from Virginia on the meaning of Mother's Day and what it means to be a member of Mothers Out Front!

I was invited by Virginia Organizing friends to attend the very first MOF House Party in Norfolk. I went to that party mainly to be supportive of the friends holding it. I told myself I was too busy to get involved, and that climate change was still far off and far away. Plus, I recycle and compost to do my bit for the earth, right? However, at that meeting a young woman asked me “so how has your life been impacted by sea level rise in Hampton Roads?”

Read the whole blog post here:

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NEWS: Dominion Energy touts its rate cuts instead of $1,000 rebates for SC customers

Mothers Out Front and allies are reported in the news regarding Dominion at the time of the shareholder meeting.

Activists said that the company won’t really embrace new technology until it vows to end its carbon emissions. “We have to get to net zero,” said Mary Cerulli of Boston, a member of the climate action group Mothers Out Front. 

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Around Prince William: Pascal’s wager on climate change

Read the profile (linked below) on Tiziana Bottino, The Greater Prince William Climate Action Network's founder and chairperson, and Community Organizer for Mothers Out Front, Northern Virginia:

[Tiziana] Bottino shared that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts an increasing risk of extreme droughts, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people as early as 2030.  Anyone who reads the papers understands we are living this prediction. The network believes that educating the public and elected officials and influencing public policy is a good place to start. 

Moms worried about the future of their kids resonated with me.

 

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Coming together for the Richmond Public Narrative Training

The Richmond team gathered at Pocahontas State Park on Saturday, February 23 for a Public Narrative training facilitated by Kim Miller. 

Storytelling is at the heart of what we Mothers Out Front do. We know that presenting the facts concerning climate change has failed to convince our elected officials to act. Stories tap into the emotions and have the potential to move decision-makers toward meaningful action.

 

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Kim Miller, standing on the right.


Mothers Out Front Norfolk Visits with State Senator Lewis

On Jan 3rd, 2019, two members of the Mothers Out Front Norfolk team met with State Senator Linwood Lewis. The meeting was arranged by Senator Lewis to connect with Norfolk residents to discuss his constituent's concerns before the General Assembly. 

 

                     Anne Winston(left) with Senator Linwood Lewis (Center) and Kim Williams(right)