Let’s not add to climate problems
Dominion and its partners seem hell-bent on getting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline quickly approved (“Dominion, partners push for fast approval of pipeline plan”). If they “begin clearing trees in . . . November” will the State Water Control Board have heard the recommendations of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)? Will Virginia have a say in whether this project goes forward as proposed?
History shows us that corporations rarely, if ever, selfregulate for the greater good. Before the EPA, we had rivers that regularly burned and city air that was opaque and deadly. The impacts of this pipeline are potentially very serious — for our waterways, our indigenous tribes, and for future climate.
Recently, our country faced a double whammy of monster hurricanes, triple-digit temperatures on the West Coast, and dozens of wildfires raging in western states. This is not the time to be committing to fossil fuel infrastructure that will last “for generations,” as stated on Dominion’s website.
While it is true that natural gas burns cleaner than coal (a low bar to pass), it is still pumping carbon out of the ground and relocating it to the atmosphere. We are already experiencing unnaturally intense natural disasters due to climate change. Let’s not add to them.