Form an Alexandria Clean Energy Advocacy Group

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I propose creating an Alexandria-based advocacy group that would bring together neighbors who are committed  to working towards a cleaner, safer  energy future for our children.  The need to  advocate for clean energy is increasingly urgent as we witness the effects of climate change.  This effort is being staged on the local, national and global level.  In our city, we would work with city officials to find ways to bring green energy to our homes, businesses and schools.   On a state level, Virginians currently receive no renewable energy.   We will work with  the Mount Vernon Sierra Club and Chesapeake Citizen's Climate Lobby to lobby our state legislators to pass bills that would strengthen our Renewable Portfolio Standard  and bring wind farms and solar panel arrays into our power grid.  On a national level,  we would join the growing number of citizens who are standing up to demand an end to our nation's dependence on fossil fuels.  We would work with 350.org, visit our Congressional leaders, and demand an end to the oil industry subsidies that are preventing renewable energy from becoming competitive. We do not need money (although a little would probably be good).   We do, however, need a mechanism to help bring together concerned citizens who are motivated to work towards this common goal. It's much more fun, and effective, to do this work with friends.   Perhaps this forum can help mobilize concerned members of the Alexandria community to join together to protect our planet for future generations.        

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