VA - 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.

 

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Press Release: Mothers Out Front Joins the Global Climate Strike

 

MOTHERS OUT FRONT JOINS THE GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKES 

National movement of mothers stand with youth to call for real action to address the climate crisis

 

BOSTON- September 13, 2019 - Mothers Out Front announces its support of the youth strikes during the Global Week of Action. Mothers will be joining rallies across the country to stand with youth in their call to address the climate crisis. 

“As mothers, we feel the urgent need to lead the way forward to a clean energy economy and a livable climate,” said Ellen van Bever, Mothers Out Front National Leadership Team member of Cambridge, Massachusetts. “We have until 2030 to cut carbon emissions by half. The denial and inaction of prior generations have led to the mess we are in.  To the youth around the world who are planning to strike this September 20th—you are not alone. We assure you that mothers will join the global climate strike and lead the way for other adults to join.” 

Mothers Out Front has been convening parents around the country in an alliance in advance of the September 20-27th strikes. We provided training, resources and a space for planning, organizing and connecting to events around the US.

Mothers Out Front members will be at youth strikes all across the country. 


What I Learned from the Merrimack Valley Gas Disaster

Sarah Griffith is a friend of Mothers Out Front and a mother herself. A member of Climate Reality Project, she shares her thoughts on the anniversary of the Merrimack Valley gas explosions.

By Sarah Griffith

Last September 13, three towns in Massachusetts went from a calm, 70° day to a conflagration in minutes. A series of explosions followed by eighty fires suddenly broke out. Roads were chaos as electricity and street lighting went down, communications infrastructure failed, and visibility was cut by billowing fumes. One person died, dozens were injured, and 30,000 people were evacuated. Over a billion dollars has been spent refurbishing 8,500 homes and repairing miles of gas pipelines.

Given the scale of ongoing tragedies in the paper everyday—mass shootings, hurricanes, and political corruption—I have to admit that it was hard to take in the implications of this massive event immediately. It was only over time and by volunteering with Gas Leaks Allies that the dangers of the gas distribution system started to become apparent.


MA NEWS: Gas Safety Report Released - Rolling The Dice

On the anniversary of the "catastrophic failure in the gas distribution system that caused explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley" on September 13, 2018, Mothers Out Front remembers the community's sacrifices and strength in overcoming the complete disruption of their energy system and their lives. We are proud to be a part of Gas Leak Allies newly released report Rolling the Dice: Assessment of Gas Safety in Massachusetts as "this report is the response of citizens and scientists motivated by a desire for a safe, healthy, and just energy system."

Rolling the Dice: Assessment of Gas Safety in Massachusetts analyzes documented incidents and publicly available data about the gas distribution system that add up to an urgent message to legislators, the executive branch, municipalities, and gas companies to take action now. It details ways that each of these decision-making entities can implement changes that will greatly enhance public safety in the near term and in the future.

 


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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.com or 1-202-905-2921 for dial-in information.

 

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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.


CA - Local teens organize to combat climate change

Thank you to these St. Francis High School Juniors taking the lead on climate!

Worldwide, "Fridays for Future" school walkouts in March brought together students from across 112 countries. Among them were St. Francis High School juniors Sindhu Vajrala and Jamie Minden, who co-founded the Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike the same month, putting together resources to organize walkouts in under four days.

The chapter, which has since expanded to 20 members and five co-leads, is readying for its next march, set for Friday, Sept. 20.

The group has formed a coalition between local youth-led environmental groups, including Sunrise Movement, 350 Bay Area and Extinction Rebellion, to organize the event and is consulting with adult organizers from the Women's March, March for Science, and Mothers Out Front.

 

Read all about it:

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VA - 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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VA - 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.”


Climate Conversation with a Fourth Grader



Beth and Milo are a mother-son duo who live in Massachusetts with one other human, Milo’s four furry siblings, and a Roomba. Beth’s been volunteering with Mothers Out Front for nearly five years on the Communications Team, the Digital Engagement Team, and the Massachusetts Pipeline Task Force. Beth works in communications and as a culinary professional, baking and teaching plant-based cooking to kids. Milo is a nine-year-old with a mild Pokemon obsession. In addition to attending climate rallies together, Beth and Milo attend the same martial arts school. Milo really enjoys that he is a higher rank than his mom.