Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) June 11 Local Opinions essay, “Why Virginia acted on climate change,” promoted a positive agenda for cooperative, progressive energy policies but omitted his hypocritical and dangerous support of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline projects. The Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines would be irreversibly traumatic to the health of our state’s environment, water supplies and ecosystems. They would not bring wealth or permanent jobs to the citizens through whose communities the pipelines would pass.
As the world transitions to clean, renewable energy, the natural-gas industry will become obsolete. The region will be left with a combined 800 miles of pipeline showing disregard for our health. I, too, am “proud that our commonwealth is leading the way on climate and energy issues,” but I cannot reconcile the governor’s position that we are leading on clean energy when he supports unnecessary, nonrenewable natural-gas projects. As a volunteer with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, I know these projects would endanger hundreds of waterway locations, require mountaintop removal and likely strip Virginians of their property rights through abuse of eminent domain.
I urge Mr. McAuliffe to strengthen his pledge for clean energy and carbon reduction by rescinding his support for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines.
Jessica Sims, Midlothian, Va.