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Offshore Wind Development A Step Closer In Virginia, But Still A Way To Go

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Wind power is poised on the brink of expansion off of Virginia's coast.
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Wind power is poised on the brink of expansion off of Virginia's coast.

Sustainable wind energy gathered off the coast of Virginia is a step close to reality.

The Virginia Conservation Network does not deny that using wind turbines can be an expensive venture, but David Carr with the Southern Environmental Law Center says solid progress is being made in opening the Atlantic outer continental shelf to offshore wind development.

"They are poised to lease nearly 113,000 acres off of Virginia Beach about 23 miles out and further," says Carr. "Virginia wind energy area has a 2,400 mega watt potential."

Carr says the state and federal governments must prioritize offshore wind development, which is far from the status quo, as companies that use fossil fuels receive five times more federal incentives. He's urging the state's Congressional delegation to support extending the Production and Investment Tax Credit, which reduces the upfront cost of placing wind turbines in the water.

Carr and other supporters contend that if the U.S. would invest in wind energy the same way Europe has, the nation would be more energy-efficient and create thousands of new jobs.

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It Takes A Nation: Art For Social Justice At The Katzen Arts Center

As the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, graphic artist Emory Douglas created striking visual images for the movement's publications and posters.

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Long Absent In China, Tipping Makes A Comeback At A Few Trendy Restaurants

Viewed for decades as capitalist exploitation, tipping is now being encouraged at some upscale, urban restaurants catering to wealthy, young customers. Restaurateurs insist it's strictly voluntary.
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It Takes A Nation: Art For Social Justice At The Katzen Arts Center

As the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, graphic artist Emory Douglas created striking visual images for the movement's publications and posters.

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DDOT Questions Metro's Ability To Protect People With Disabilities For Ride-Hailing Paratransit Trips

As Metro looks to reduce the cost of its expensive MetroAccess paratransit service, they're turning to ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to provide low-cost trips. Some critics say they represent a race to the bottom.

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