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9 out of 10 Virginians Live in Areas Hit by Recent Weather Disasters

Richmond, Virginia—After a year that saw many parts of the country hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, severe storms and record flooding, a new Environment Virginia report documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future. The report found that, already, 9 out of 10 Virginians live in counties affected by federally declared weather-related disasters since 2006.

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We’re protecting the Chesapeake Bay.

In 2010, after a dogged campaign from Environment Virginia and allies across the state, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced a strong new plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Yet a few polluting industries, including giant chicken farms like Tyson, have launched an all-out attack. Your support can help us keep the Bay’s most persistent polluters from standing in the way of progress.

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America's Biggest Mercury Polluters

Power plants continue to release large amounts of toxic pollutants, including mercury, into our air. In 2010, two-thirds of all airborne mercury pollution in the United States came from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants. In other words, power plants generate more airborne mercury pollution than all other industrial sources combined.

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Report | Environment Virginia

Gobbling Less Gas for Thanksgiving

Improving our cars standards will cut oil use and save Virginians over $6 Million on Thanksgiving travel.

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News Release | Environment Virginia

Clean Cars Would Cut Oil Use, Save Virginians Over $6 Million on Thanksgiving Travel

Richmond, VA — As Virginians prepare for one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, and just days after the Obama administration proposed new fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks, a new Environment Virginia report finds that more fuel efficient cars would make significant cuts in oil use and save Virginians roughly $6.6 million at the gas pump this Thanksgiving alone. The report was released following the Obama administration’s November 16th announcement of proposed new fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for cars and light trucks sold from 2017 through 2025.

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