CENTERS for

Environmental Stewardship

From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay, the Commonwealth of Virginia is rich in natural resources vital to making our state a great place to live, work, and play. The responsible stewardship of those resources -- and maintaining a healthy environment for our citizens - is a primary concern for the Thomas Jefferson Institute. The mission of the Center for Environmental Stewardship is to explore the nature of environmentalism in the context of meeting all human needs.

March 2014

Institute Urges Support for Approval of Keystone Pipline
Institute Urges Support for Approval of Keystone Pipline — Noting that the Keystone Pipeline decision is coming down to the wire, Thomas Jefferson Institute President Michael Thompson has written the Institute's supporters urging their action in support of the Keystone Pipeline.  "Either the US gets this needed oil or it will be shipped to China," Thompson noted.  "Your action today can help convince Secretary John Kerry and President Barack Obama to approve this necessary project and get the jobs and energy we need as soon as possible.

 

"Building Keystone is an economic growth issues supported by a broad array of Americans -- Democrats, Republicans, Independents, union members and business leaders," Thompson concluded.  The oil in Canada is either going to the United States or China.  For the sake of our own energy security, let's make certain it comes here."

 

Thompson urged the Institute's friends to send a letter by March 7 to the State Department expressing support for the Keystone Pipeline.  A draft of a sample letter can be found here.  Additional information about the proposal and where to email letters of support can be found here.  Supporters can also sign up in favor of Keystone by clicking here.

 

February 2014

Reception to Honor House Speaker Bill Howell
Reception to Honor House Speaker Bill Howell — You're cordially invited to a special reception honoring Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegate Bill Howell, and welcoming the new state legislators.  Hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Institute, the reception will be held on Wednesday, February 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Bull & Bear Club in Richmond Virginia.  The Institute's winter Richmond reception always attracts the top movers and shakers in Virginia, and this one is no exception.

To get the details about the event or for information about sponsorship, click here!

To register for the reception, click here!

November 2012

Protecting Federalism and State Sovereignty Through anti-Commandeering Legislation
Protecting Federalism and State Sovereignty Through anti-Commandeering Legislation — Unfunded federal mandates are a growing problem for states and an even larger problem for local governments.  The Jefferson Institute and the Free Market Environmental Law Clinic at George Mason University prepared a legal "Nutshell" on how to challenge these unfunded mandates.  The bottom line of this report is that the federal government may not "commandeer" local resources unless those state and local governments volunteer to do so.  This important report explains the legal aspects for challenging this federal overreach and will help state and local governments, policy organizations and citizen groups challenge unfunded federal mandates and return some power to state and local government.  Read It Here!
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