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 2015

The Costs of New EPA Rules to Virginia
The Costs of New EPA Rules to Virginia — This summer the Environmental Protection Agency will publish its final regulations limiting CO2 emissions on new and existing electricity power plants and lower existing limits on mercury emissions.  The impact?  Electric bills will soar 25 percent and Virginia will lose more than 38,000 jobs.  Read It Here!

March 2015

March 17 Federal Policy Dinner:  Can Governments Legislate Climate and Weather?
March 17 Federal Policy Dinner: Can Governments Legislate Climate and Weather? —

Climate Change is real, happening now, and mankind is to blame for it, right?  Wrong completely, says Marc Morano, executive editor of the incredible website “Climatedepot.com."  In his eye opening and highly entertaining presentation, Mr. Morano shows that it’s not true that 97 percent of climate scientists believe global warming is “man made,” and that it’s not true that carbon dioxide and other trace gas emissions control the environment.  Morano is guest speaker at the Jefferson Institute's March 17 Federal Policy Dinner.  For more information or to register, click here!

 

January 2015

Virginia Economic Forecast 2015:  Virginia's Role in North American Energy Development
Virginia Economic Forecast 2015: Virginia's Role in North American Energy Development — Sponsored by Cassaday and Company, this 15th Annual Economic Forecast offers not only a picture of what Virginia's economy will look like in 2015, but also describes the important role in North American energy development.  The Commonwealth has finally surpassed its pre-recession peak level of employment, but did so months after the nation.  Key sectors, relatively more dependent on Department of Defense spending, are likely being impacted by federal spending cuts.  Meanwhile, Virginia is in position to serve as a vital connection between domestic energy production and exports to European/Asian markets through its port -- one of only two East Coast ports currently equipped for larger ships.  With its close proximity to shale gas reserves and recent approval by the federal government to allow for energy exploration off the Atlantic coast, Virginia is poised to become "the energy capital of the East Coast" in the long term.  Read It Here!

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