When I was elected in 2017, I became the first statewide elected official in recent history not to accept money from Virginia’s regulated electric utilities. My pioneering effort has been copied by many elected officials since that time.
I was the only 2017 statewide general election candidate to express skepticism about the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, saying that the case for their construction had not been made. In office, I made it a point to sit down with people from all sides of the pipeline debate, particularly with representatives of historically African American communities in Buckingham County and the City of Chesapeake affected by the pipeline route. I take seriously the need for environmental justice so that the burden of infrastructure is not concentrated in poorer areas or areas where people of color make up the majority of the population.
In my role as Lt. Governor, I have provided counsel to the Northam Administration as to its efforts to ensure that the pipelines approved by the federal government are completed with the least disruption to the people of the Commonwealth as possible.
Zero Carbon/Clean Energy
Northam’s most recent executive order sets the state goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050. The order sets an intermediate goal of powering 30% of the state’s electric system by 2030 and aims to procure at least 30% of their electricity from renewable resources by 2022.
Developed and launched ConserveVirginia, a data-driven, land conservation tool that identifies high value lands and conservation sites across the state.
Chesapeake Bay Cleanup
Released a strong, detailed, and practical plan to reduce pollution to its portion of the Chesapeake Bay and the tidal rivers that feed it…It’s the final push to meet cleanup goals outlined in the historic Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. Grounded in science and a federal-state partnership, the blueprint requires all six states that share the Bay watershed, and the District of Columbia, to reduce pollution. It sets a 2025 deadline for implementing measures that will provide clean, safe water and vibrant wildlife in our rivers, streams, and the Bay. The commonwealth is on track to meet its blueprint goals, thanks to investments in wastewater treatment technology, steps to limit pollution from development, and on-farm conservation practices