Our house is on fire. It's time to make Virginia a national leader on confronting the climate crisis and furthering environmental justice.
We are in a climate emergency and the evidence is all around us. Hurricanes intensify, wildfires rage, flood waters rise, cities bake—and still politicians refuse to take any bold action that could upset fossil fuel interests and corporate polluters.
What’s worse is that there’s consistent proof that climate change and environmental neglect is affecting poor, Black, and brown communities the most, worsening existing inequities in health, housing security, and more. Meanwhile, public utilities who have monopolized the energy sector dominate Virginia’s politics and profit off of Virginians without adequate regulation.
The Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) was signed into law in 2020 to put Virginia on a track to phase out fossil fuels by 2045. But the truth is we’ve wasted so much time failing to address this crisis that we have no choice but to fight for a plan that is more aggressive than the VCEA’s compromise approach. That’s why I back a Virginia Green New Deal.
A Virginia Green New Deal would work to decarbonize our economy, provide good-paying green jobs for affected communities, and ensure a liveable future for my daughter’s generation.
MY PROPOSAL INCLUDES:
- Accelerating the VCEA’s timeline to reach 100% renewable energy sources by 2035, including a true phase out of natural gas and natural gas pipelines in favor of wind and solar.
- Enforcing a moratorium on all new fossil fuel infrastructure in Virginia.
- Investing in clean public transit such as subways, regional rail, buses, bicycling networks, and sidewalks, and adopting policies that encourage adopting of these alternatives to driving.
- Investing in technical education, green jobs, and resiliency projects for communities affected by climate change and the clean energy transition.
- Creating fair regulations and election reforms that can curb the political influence and profit-seeking of public utilities.
- Promoting smart local land use for housing, commercial, and agriculture that can slash carbon emissions and harmful sprawl.
- Leading the nation in research, development, and implementation of new sustainable technology and agriculture.
- Promoting public green spaces and natural preservation.
- Ensuring labor rights are protected during the transition to a clean energy economy.