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Environmental Groups Call For Virginia To Reduce Carbon Pollution

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A coalition of Virginia environmental groups is planning a statewide campaign calling for a reduction in carbon pollution.

The campaign, Virginia Acts on Climate, will run through June. It will include community events and other activities that showcase how local governments, businesses and residents are working to reduce carbon pollution.

Kate Addleson with the Sierra Club's Virginia chapter says many lawmakers in Richmond lag far behind their counterparts at the city and county level when it comes to addressing carbon emissions.

Virginia Acts on Climate comes on the heels of a report released by the nonprofit Environment Virginia. The report concluded that that while federal energy efficiency policies have helped Virginia avoid as much carbon pollution as 114,000 cars produce in a year, the state could be playing a much larger role in reducing its own carbon emissions.

The campaign is also designed to generate more momentum for federal standards on carbon pollution from new and existing power plants.

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