Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Gov. Kaine Reveals Appointments to VA Climate Commission

Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA) announced his picks for the Virginia Commission on Climate Change on Friday. Some good names (Arlington County's Paul Ferguson) and some eyebrow-raising ones (David Heacock of Richmond, President of Dominion Virginia Power).

The commission is charged with, among other things, identifying actions to achieve the 30% cut in projected 2025 greenhouse gas emissions (or about 7% from current levels by Lowell's calculations) targeted by Gov. Kaine's Virginia Energy Plan, of which The Green Miles is not a big fan. I'm also not enamored with the way Gov. Kaine's own press release gets the target wrong, claiming the energy plan aims to "reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2025."

No one's answering the phone in the governor's press office today, so I'm holding back judgment until I can get some questions answered about the commission. Among them:
  • What if the Commission determines that we need to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30% from projected 2025 levels? Will it be allowed to make stronger recommendations, or are its hands tied?

  • Why isn't anyone from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network on the panel? Or for that matter, from Appalachian Voices, Sierra Club, Virginia Conservation Network, or Virginia League of Conservation Voters?

  • Why were the appointments revealed on the Friday before Christmas (typically that's when you release news you're trying to bury?
  • I'll let you know when I speak to the governor's office.

    Meantime, what do you think of the commission's members? Any names jump out at you?
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