Resolutions Committee Report for 12/13/17

LETTER TO FDC MEMBERSHIP

Dec 13, 2017

From the FDC Resolutions Committee:

We have defined criteria for resolutions and have written two that address issues that are important to us all. Attached find please find these two resolutions (watershed and solar) that meet the criteria for well-designed resolutions. Please read them and think about them: They will be proposed to the FDC for a vote at a later date.  More resolutions will be forthcoming before the Congressional District 1 convention/caucus this spring.

Please contact Rob Roberson <rob at michaelroberson dot com> of the Resolutions Committee to share issues that you believe support the core values of FDC.

CRITERIA FOR RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Single issue, clearly stated
  2. Factual statement of issue, concern, or problem
  3. Citation of credible source for issue definition
  4. Clear statement of connection to Virginia
  5. Statement of potential state agencies (future) responsibility
  6. Clear statement of rational approach to solution or amelioration

WATERSHED PROTECTION

The Fredericksburg Democratic Committee Endorses Policies to Protect the Natural Environment of The Commonwealth of Virginia

Whereas,

The fundamental values of American democracy since the Founding of our Nation, include Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  These values demand that the rights of individuals must not be abridged during the development and improvement of our society.

The Commonwealth of Virginia, being blessed by abundant natural beauty and tranquility, has long been the sought-after location for living in concert with nature.  Careful stewardship of natural resources has mostly succeeded in balancing individual rights with economic imperatives. Maturation of scientific means of monitoring and understanding changes in environments and their potential and real effects on life as expected in Virginia make it clear that this balance cannot continue without change in approach to exploitation for commercial benefit.

Coal mining, oil and gas exploration and exploitation, agricultural side-effects, are damaging ecosystems and polluting water supplies, constituting serious threats to the health and well-being of citizens.  The Rappahannock River is now listed as endangered by American Rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay is only now showing significant recovery from near-catastrophic pollution. Recent and proposed new Federal regulation changes threaten the entire Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Therefore, be it resolved, the Convention:

That the Commonwealth enact laws and support regulations to control and ultimately eliminate contamination due to coal ash management and runoff, due to chemical incursion into streams, rivers and subsurface aquifers, due to agricultural fertilizer runoff, and further to prohibit dangerous techniques such as hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas bearing shale deposits.


SOLAR ENERGY

The Fredericksburg Democratic Committee Endorses Policies to Protect the Natural Environment of The Commonwealth of Virginia

Whereas,

The fundamental values of American democracy since the Founding of our Nation, include Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  These values demand that the rights of individuals must not be abridged during the development and improvement of our society.

The Commonwealth of Virginia, being blessed by abundant natural beauty and tranquility, has long been the sought-after location for living in concert with nature.  Careful stewardship of natural resources has mostly succeeded in balancing individual rights with economic imperatives. Maturation of scientific means of monitoring and understanding changes in environments and their potential and real effects on life as expected in Virginia (and the earth at large) make it clear that this balance cannot continue without rapid and aggressive actions to reduce production of hydrocarbon contamination of the atmosphere.

The U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report, (6/28/17) known as the National Climate Assessment Report (NCAP4) confirms and extends the warnings of NCAP3. NCAP4 was prepared by 13 Federal Agencies, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and written by 32 distinguished scientists as lead authors, 19 as contributing authors. The essential conclusion of these scientists and agencies is that “it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.  For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence.”  (https://science2017.globalchange.gov)

Solar energy is a proven and rapidly improving technology which is becoming a successful alternative to fossil fueled generation of electricity. Customer-owned, both residential and commercial, solar energy systems are a leading means for adoption of this important green energy technology.

Therefore, be it resolved, the Convention:

That the Commonwealth enact laws and support regulations to incentivize and otherwise promote installation of residential and commercial solar energy systems.