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The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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I am a research biologist in NYC. Married with two kids living in Brooklyn.

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  • Thursday, February 03, 2011

    Virginia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Now more than ever America needs Green Power. Green Power means domestic energy and that means domestic jobs. Green Power means less money going to Iran, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela and more staying right here in America. Green Power means cleaner air, cleaner water, less carbon emission and a stronger economy. And it is something we ALL can be a part of.

    Here is a program to help Virginia residents make the switch to green energy. The cost is generally less than 3 cents per kilowatt-hour more than you currently pay for energy. By participating you contribute to reducing carbon emissions, cleaning up Virginia's environment, and stimulating Virginia's economy. Three important ways of helping your local community, local environment and local economy, all for less than 3 cents per kilowatt-hour of energy you use. When my wife and I made a similar switch in New York, we barely noticed the difference in our energy bill. We also switched to compact fluorescent bulbs at the same time and the energy savings reduced our bill by one-third even with the small increase from buying green energy. Together, we reduced our carbon footprint by about 30% while overall saving money. I highly recommend the switch.

    Dominion Green Power

    Dominion Green Power is a voluntary program that gives you a practical and economical way to support renewable energy and harness the benefits.

    Renewable energy plays a role in improving our environment and strengthening our economy by:

    * Reducing carbon emissions
    * Creating "green" jobs and stimulating the economy
    * Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels
    * Enhancing our nation's energy security

    For as little as $2 a month you can help preserve the environment while strengthening the economy. Sign up today and begin making a powerful difference!

    More information here

    Make the switch for Virginia, for your kids, and for the environment.

    I would also like to add that some local efforts for wind energy are developing in Virginia. These are real local, grassroots movements to get wind power up and running for local jobs, local energy and local air quality. The best example I know of is in the Roanoke Valley area (not a bastion of liberalism, as I understand) which has a wind project in development with popular local support. I have seen these kinds of local, grassroots efforts for green energy solutions for America in places like South Dakota, Kansas and now Virginia. This is no longer a "liberal" issue. It is a SURVIVAL issue and an economic issue for America, red or blue. I think we ALL can pull together on clean air, local jobs and breaking our dependence on oil-rich nations like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela. So become part of America's survival solution.



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