Road to Clean Energy Tour - August 18th

This week the Wise Energy for Virginia Coalition will launch a Road to Clean Energy Tour to draw attention to the health risks of air pollution from coal-fired power plants. The tour will hold events at stops in Virginia Beach, Richmond, and Alexandria, Va., respectively. 

Burning coal to generate electricity produces toxic pollutants like soot and smog, which aggravate asthma and other health problems. Asthma is of particular concern to Virginians, because it affects 279,000 adults and 96,000 children across the state. Richmond was recently ranked as the #1 “Asthma Capital” in the nation by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America — Virginia Beach ranked #8.

At the three tour stops, Virginia residents will demonstrate their support for stronger clean air standards from EPA in front of an 18-ft tall inflatable human hand holding an asthma inhaler. They will emphasize the choice decision-makers have between a future that continues to invest in coal and one that chooses clean energy.

The groups are calling for investments in renewable energy and efficiency and urging the Environmental Protection Agency to protect the health of Virginia families and children by enacting strong air quality standards to reduce toxic air pollution such as particulate matter and low-level ozone which create soot and smog from coal-fired power plants. They are opposed to the development of ODEC’s Surry coal plant that would lock the region into approximately 50 more years of increased pollution as well as urging the retirement of older, dirty coal plants like the GenOn plant in Alexandria. To provide for Virginia’s energy needs, citizens are calling for increased energy efficiency programs, and are actively promoting off-shore wind projects in Virginia Beach.

The tour will stop in Alexandria on Thursday, August 18, 10:00 AM at Oronoco Bay Park. See you there!

Heather Schaefer is the Founder and Executive Director of Go Green Alexandria, dedicated to environmental education and outreach. Find out more at


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