WATCH: VA Activists Slam ALEC, Demand Dominion Power Sever Ties

Another great example of corruption in Virginia, just that in this case it's appallingly legal! Angry Virginians staged a massive rally to demand that Dominion Power get out of ALEC (located in the building behind the rally in Crystal City/Arlington). Speaker after speaker explained why.

One surprise (or maybe it wasn't a surprise, on second thought, given that Dominion owns our state legislature, and that people like Dick Saslaw are 100% in their pocket): other than Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, there were ZERO other elected officials there today, despite many of them having been invited to attend.

Mayor Bill Euille says Dominion should not support ALEC nor should it be a member of ALEC – an organization which has expressly opposed clean energy and promoted dirty fossil fuels – nor fund it. Not coincidentally, Euille says, Dominion is the largest emitter of carbon pollution in Virginia. Instead, Dominion should replace its coal-fired power plants and take a proactive role in mitigating climate change by installing renewable energy and providing incentives for consumers to implement energy conservation measures and distributed power options.

Joe Romm of Climate Progress said "what Dominion is doing through its support of ALEC is immoral" and "it is time for them to stop." ALEC is a group which allows businesses to fund legislation that "harms the public...without directly getting their hands dirty."

ALEC has been exposed in recent years for its efforts to enact stand-your-ground laws and to roll back renewable energy standards. That's resulted in dozens of major companies, including several utilities, to abandon ALEC. Not so Dominion – they have worked alongside the Koch brothers on ALEC's energy and environment task force to push these dirtiest of laws. Dominion's wrongheaded CEO thinks there is value in supporting ALEC. Romm said that corporations are not people – they don't suffer when storm surges get intense, when droughts get longer and stronger, etc. They don't need a livable climate, but people do.

Ivy Main of the Sierra Club in turn slammed ALEC, saying it achieves its agenda through corporations like Dominion. 

"[Dominion Power is] the largest non-party donor to politicians in Virginia, and that's saying a lot, because Virginia has no limits on the amount of campaign contributions that corporations can give to politicians. You can be there's a quid pro quo...when Dominion wants something, it gets it...that's why we don't have a mandatory Renewable Portfolio Standard...why Dominion succeeds in beating down laws that would make it easier to put up solar panels...why we don't have good energy efficiency policies."

The Virginia Gen. Assembly has been called "a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dominion Resources, and with good reason." What ALEC gets out of that is "they get their agenda legitimized by the work of corporations like Dominion that own the legislature...this is not democratic...not surprisngly that's why ALEC is anti voter as well." 

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