What it's about:
United States congressman Bobby Scott outlines his vision for an environmentally sustainable Virginia.
He highlights a number of projects to tackle climate change such as the ‘Building Up Infrastructure and Limiting Disasters through Resilience’ (BUILD Resilience) Act, which is modeled on the National Disaster Resilience Competition.
The bill highlights the need for sustained federal support for resilience in neighbourhoods that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise.
In the renewable energy sector, Scott says Virginia is working with the private sector to increase solar energy capacity.
Last year alone, solar jobs in Virginia grew by 65 percent, with Virginia now the ninth fastest-growing solar jobs market in the country, he writes. One notable example is Amazon, which has recently entered into agreements to build 240 megawatts of solar power in Virginia to power data centres and other operations.
The local government has also announced a plan to build two wind turbines offshore in an effort to join up with other states along the East Coast to unleash wind power and build a new supply chain.
Why it's noteworthy:
As the second-most vulnerable region in the nation to the effects of climate change, Virginia needs to take steps to build long-term resilience and has the potential to set an example for the nation in an era when the federal government no longer leads on climate change, writes Scott.
Clean-energy industries not only boost economic growth and environmental security but can enhance growth in other sectors and benefit communities too.
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The Virginian Pilot