Virginia residents and clean energy business owners held a rally and press conference on October 4 outside the Southern States Energy Board summit in Alexandria, Va. The rally was organized by the Sierra Club and Chesapeake Climate Action Network, which called on Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to support clean energy development and stronger EPA safeguards for Virginia families.
As the host to some of the South's most influential elected officials at the summit, Governor McDonnell was the opening speaker for a summit entitled Shaping Energy Policy: The Critical Path for States.
"The agenda lacked any discussions on clean energy, energy efficiency, or how proposed EPA protections can benefit Virginians," says Sierra Club organizer Phillip Ellis. "Instead, it solely featured panels on oil and gas development, nuclear energy and claims on how EPA regulations will impact the fossil-fuel industry."
"Governor McDonnell is putting the profits of Big Oil and King Coal before the health of Virginia families," says Sierra Club field organizer Kate Pollard. "With this one-sided agenda on energy policy in meetings and summits predominantly sponsored by dirty energy companies, what else are we to believe?"