Virginia Climate Fever

The Virginia Climate Fever is about the possible grim reality of the future in Virginia if climate change continues accelerating. Virginia ranks 17 out of the 50 states in CO2 production and Americans are one of the biggest greenhouse polluters on the planet. Virginia no longer possesses recognizable weather patterns. In general, weather predicting is hard in Virginia as it is in the north-south and eastwest in the country, but weather uncertainty increases as the effect of global warming inclines. The statewide average temperate increases .46 degrees per decade since 1975. A climate monitoring system predicts that if global warming increases, Virginia will be as hot as South Carolina in 2050 and as hot as Florida in 2100. Rising temperatures will bring increased rain resulting in brief and intense storms that will cause moisture to evaporate regardless. This impact would result in plants dying and add detrimental impacts to crops and livestock over the next 100 years. In addition, the increased CO2 emissions are changing the chemistry of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic ocean. The Bay’s acidity is being increased as the PH falls. This effect results in the population of oysters, once numerous in the bay, to be reduced by 98%. Also, the ocean’s acidity is increasing for the first time in the last 300 years. Rising temperatures in the ocean and the spawn of the spring plankton bloom can effect marine animals biological clock which generate at a certain time of the year based on the temperature in the ocean. The ocean is the largest source of protein and overfishing has resulted in 90% of the worlds fisheries to be collapsed or greatly diminished. Additionally, once previously numerous fish populations are now small and isolated due to overfishing.

46% of fish and reptiles are considered endangered or shrinking in Virginia. As the heat temperatures increase and environments are destroyed for new urban development, this percentage will increase. Due to this, invasive plants and insects are going to move in as already seen with the spotted lantern fly in Virginia. The author of Virginia Climate Fever suggests ecological flow to counteract this problem. Ecological flow is the need for connected environments that offer the right amount of soil and climate to adapt organisms for an increased rate of survival. The once plentiful forests in Virginia are decreasing due to land development and the rising global temperatures increasing forest fires. This is a problem as trees absorb the CO2 in the air and store it. The federal and state government have done little to plan for the global warming effects in 20 years as the resources aren’t there to combat the problem. The author paints a dark future for Virginia and the world as increased CO2 emission’s and global warming increases. His predictions will come true if the government does not do something to counteract the effects of global warming nationally and worldwide.

Virginia Climate Fever Blog- Cameron McKeon

This week’s readings focus on climate change in Virginia. The author of the readings has documented his visits to different places in Virginia and where climate change is happening. He mentions that if climate change is such a global craze, then why is the state of Virginia the central focus? Everyone needs to understand climate change especially here in this state, so we can better understand it in Virginia and help make this state and the world a better place to live in. It’s also obvious that we don’t know exactly what the future holds for Virginia’s climate and we won’t know the climate until we have an established balance within it. We also know that Virginia’s climate can be tricky. Virginia bounces all around from being hot to cold, freezing to humid, and everything in-between. We need to figure out the trends in our climate in Virginia to really figure it out. The world is definitely getting hotter and especially in Virginia with this summer being an indication.

So, with the hotter climate in mind, how hot will it get and how dangerous will it get? By, looking at maps and graphs of climate change we can try to figure out the future of our planet becoming hotter. This won’t be the end all be all future of the planet, but, it will help tremendously to map it out. We need to grasp the idea that climate change is affecting our lives everyday and the choices we make. We also need to think about rain, snow, and the temperatures Virginia will get because of climate change. The data shown shows these variables will keep going up and will most likely continue to do that until a change is made. We need to realize this is going on in Virginia because if we don’t mass extinctions of plants, animals, and humans could happen if we don’t acknowledge what is happening to Earth. We need to protect our environment from climate change and not just assume that it will be protected because anything can happen. We need to prepare for the unthinkable problems that climate change and global warming may cause.

Virginia Climate Fever by Suzanne Ferraro  Blog post-September 25-27

The article “Virginia Climate Fever” asks a very interesting question about climate change, specifically in Virginia. I agree that people approach the topic based on a political view. I initially thought that people either believed or didn’t believe in the topic, not that we are currently experiencing a more rapid change in climate and that global warming is a misnomer.

I agree that we have to make decisions together as a community in Virginia. Virginia is unique in that we have major metropolitan areas close to Washington DC and very rural areas close to West Virginia, the heart of the coal country. Virginia’s mix of very different types of people and occupations makes it a place where politicians measure controversial topics like climate change. Prior to reading this article, I never considered that we would get a different answer on climate change based on what data we examine. Also, the answer may depend on if you are measuring in an urban or rural area.

I think it is important that we talk about global warming and the changes in our climate on a local and national level. I thought one interesting part of the article was the description of weather volunteers who record measurements consistently over a long period of time. I think of climate change in terms of my memory of the past summer seeming hotter or whether we had a big snowstorm. I think there are many ways what we do impacts the environment, from whether we drive, walk, or recycle. 

I liked reading about the phrase, “Climate is what you expect. Weather is what you get.” I enjoyed learning about local contributions in Virginia to measuring climate change. Overall, the reading mentions that we directly impact climate and the troubling trajectory that the temperature is getting warmer, especially in the United States. Also, I thought it was significant that the article noted that the smaller the geography you look at, the more variation there is and the more uncertainty you find. I can see that this might have a large impact on the farmland in Virginia.

On the topic of climate models, I found it interesting that projections depend on the programming. Also, I did not know that heat is easier to project than precipitation because heat is regional, but precipitation is local and will depend on the topography.  

With respect to our waterway and the water quality measuring acidity and the health of Virginia’s water and deep water ecosystem, I found Chapter 5 interesting in the description of the different kinds of coral. I had never heard of bubblegum coral. I agree that we should have marine sanctuaries with no fishing or drilling. I was surprised to read that in Virginia, 46 percent of our fish species, 25 percent of birds, 46 percent of reptiles, 43 percent of amphibians, and 28 percent of our mammals, are now considered to be either threatened or endangered. The discussion on rare species migration and monitoring “ecological flow” was interesting. I never considered the impact of extending the farming growing season for various crops and whether trees are migrating north. 

Virginia Climate Fever

This reading focuses on climate change specifically in Virginia. The author has visited different locations in Virginia where it is likely that global warming will be the most impactful. He begins the piece by urging the reader to conduct their own research with scientific sources. Although it is a popular debate in our society, it should be viewed strictly through science not a political agenda. He then brings up the question that if this is a global phenomenon, why focus on Virginia. Understanding climate change in relation to Virginia is beneficial because it is our home, and we can help make changes. However, it is unclear the exact future of our climate within Virginia. We cannot know our new climate pattern until there is an established equilibrium. Additionally, Virginia’s climate data is difficult to decipher. You can get varies perspectives contingent on the data set. What is truly required to grasp the changes is the context behind the climate trends. However, the piece clearly states, “It’s getting hotter” (20).

The question then is, how much hotter will our environment really get? By looking at climate change models, we can possibly map out the likely future for our climate. While this will not provide a guaranteed future, it is enough to still be beneficial. Although the changes may appear relatively mild, the way the climate will affect our daily lives is unaccountable. Another question asked is the amount of rain and snow Virginia will receive due to climate change. This is harder than heat to track and anticipate. However, the current data shows an increase in rain intensity which can be assumed will continue.

Weather and temperature are not the only variables from climate change, our costal ecosystems have also been altered which has led to a regression in our oyster population. Climate change has the strength to lead to an event of mass extinctions throughout different species. It could entirely destroy different animal populations. What we can do now is try to find a way to preserve our current landscape to withstand climate change. We should not just take what we have for granted, we need to prepare for the inevitable consequences of climate change.

The Virginia Way – Simon Hermes 17.09.2023

The excerpt titled, ” The Virginia Way”, tell the story of the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline and how families like Theresa Terry fought against it. Throughout the reading, it is made clear how unpopular the pipeline was among people that live in the area because it would mean having their entire lives uprooted. This was definitely the case for Theresa Terry she would lose her property if the pipeline was built. This was especially devastating to her and her family because the property had been in the family since the Revolutionary War. Terry took extreme measures to protest the construction of the pipeline through her family’s property. Through her efforts, Theresa Terry was able to bring national media attention to the situation and expose the shady conduct of Dominion in the state of Virginia.

The Virginia Way summary- Madeline MacArthur

I thought The Virginia Way was a super interesting article to read. It starts out telling the story of Theresa “Red” Terry, a 61-year-old grandmother, who stayed perched on a platform in a tree for 35 days to protest the Mountain Valley Pipeline going through her property. This shocked me because before this I did not know that companies could just build things through people’s private property. Her family’s farm had been in her family since before the Revolutionary War, and trees that were centuries old were being cut down for this pipeline. She and her daughter were nearly arrested for trespassing on their own property, and for a while Terry was denied food and water while she was protesting. Terry’s protest gained national media attention and brought to attention the corruption of Dominion, a government electric company held within a private natural gas corporation. The article mentioned that Dominion is essentially a monopoly and controls two-thirds of the power in Virginia, which I found really crazy. Dominion was also allowed to use their money to buy political influence, which only added to their power. Because of their financial investments and the power that Dominion held, at first there were very few politicians who would speak out against them. However, their price hikes and disregard for environmental regulations started to draw criticism from more and more people and politicians, led by Josh Stanfield. In 2018, the House of Delegates stood up to Dominion’s greed and voted against the bill to raise their electricity rates even further, which was unusual because Dominion had always gotten everything they wanted. In addition to this, politicians who supported Dominion have started being voted out of office. Dominion still holds a lot of power in Virginia though, so this is an ongoing debate. I found it interesting to see the different reasons that both Democrats and Republicans have for opposing Dominion.

Virginia Way – September 18 Reading (Rebecca Calderone)

This weeks reading “Virginia Way” is an incredible article that stuck out to me. The article was about a 61 year old grandmother that goes by the name of Theresa “Red” Terry. “Red” cofunded governors, CEO’s and the federal government when she was charged for trespassing on her own property. That sounds crazy!! But essentially what happened is that she had a family owned cabin in Bent Mountain, Virginia which was along the Blue Mountain Pipeline. This land was said to have contained natural gas from a gas pipeline and it needed to be used to export to other countries. Furthermore, a 2004 law was put in place by Virginia legislatures stating that property can be entered without permission. So Red decided that she was going to climb a tree and sit in a post her husband had built and said she was not coming down until they get off of her land. They didn’t like that very much and arrest warrants were sent out for trespassing and obstruction of justice. While all of this was going on, Red was being denied access to food and clean water or in other words… her human rights. They would only offer her the food and drink if she were to come down from the tree to get it, where they planned to apprehend her. With that being said, 35 days later she finally came down from the tree and technically “won” the bigger race. This is because the people that were doing this to her, their company received 300 pollution violations and were eventually sued.

The company mentioned in the article is Dominion Energy, which is a government electrical company. Dominion Energy was a powerful asset to the entire state of Virginia as it covered 2/3 of the states power before moving to a different state. While reading the article I discovered that Dominion Energy ran in the form of a monopoly and the things they did to “Red” and other people’s land was unreasonable and uncalled-for.

Blog 1: The Virginia Way- Shauna Clayton

I was captivated by the story of Red’s tree-sitting demonstration against the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which endangered their property. I found it quite absurd that they withheld providing her with food and water until she came down from the tree. I had no idea that a law from 2004 allowed gas companies to enter private property without permission. The text digs into the debates surrounding Old Dominion, emphasizing their production and delivery of power across two-thirds of the state as well as their use of their monopoly to generate profits. The information that Dominion was allowed to use public cash to sway political decisions drew my interest. Politicians were skillfully recruited by Josh Stanfield to oppose Dominion, and this view quickly gained traction. However, Dominion successfully navigated the obstacle and influenced legislation by endorsing particular candidates financially. It was interesting to read about Dominion’s influence on voters and politicians, as well as the continuous struggle to counter that influence.

The Virginia Way Summary – Kareem Dhillon

The Virginia Way was very intriguing to read. It begins talking about a woman who goes by the name of Theresa “Red” Terry. Theresa, who was a sixty-one-year-old grandmother, did her best to defend and protest for her property which was being taken away from her in attempts for the Mountain Valley pipeline. The pipeline was also stripping land away from many other Virginia residents. Theresa protested this by climbing a tree and waiting for the crew to leave her land. They also violated her basic human rights by withholding food and water. The story became one of the top news headlines. The article also discussed Dominion. Dominion as a company consisted of a government electrical company which was also held within a natural gas corporation. Also, Dominion held two thirds of the energy power in Virginia. I thought that these two facts about Dominion were very interesting. Dominion holding two thirds of energy meant Dominion was very powerful in that industry and not to be messed with.

Virginia Way

The Virginia Way is about how large-scale corporations dominate Virginia governments and legislations, particularly Dominion Energy. Virginia’s government favors a bipartisan economy like the Deep South. The Virginia Way consists of elaborate details about how Dominion Energy controls all the legislature passed and ensures all laws benefits Dominion’s dollar. Dominion was the largest campaign donor in Virginia resulting in Dominion being the only one allowed to produce 2/3s of electricity in the state and resulting in Dominion being a monopoly. No other utility has the same power and influence as Dominion. Politicians who refused to take money from Dominion energy were considered a threat and speaking out against Dominion was political death. Things began to change in the state of Virginia as Donald Trumps election resulted in regulation surrounding Dominion’s and Virgina’s relationship. This new political change began as the elite’s source of wealth shifted from heavy industry to now technical industries. Josh Stanfield’s coalition against Dominion also helped. Now, it was no longer considered a political suicide for a politician to speak out against Dominion. In addition, Dominion decreased public favor with 2015 and 2018 electricity rates being hiked up. For the first time in Dominions 101-year-old history, the 2018 legislative session resulted in Dominion getting almost everything they wanted. This was a new transformative political change as in the past Dominion was able to secure everything, they wanted in laws with large campaign checks. More politicians refused to take money from Dominion Energy. Majority of politicians supporting Dominions were elected out of office and replaced with politicians against Dominion Energy. Regardless, Dominion Energy still possesses an energy monopoly in Virginia and is still mostly unchecked for its business practices. It will be interesting as time goes on to see if Dominion Energy faces serious consequences for electricity rates and if it loses even more favor in the Virginia government.