Sean On the Issues

Stopping the Climate Crisis in its Tracks

Our house is on fire. It’s time to make Virginia a national leader on confronting the climate crisis and providing environmental justice.

We are in a climate emergency, 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, exacerbating existing inequities around outcomes like health and housing security. Meanwhile, public utilities who have monopolized the energy sector dominate Virginia’s politics and profit off of Virginians without any real 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 that we have 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 plan is the Virginia Green New Deal.

The 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.
  • Enforcing a moratorium on all new fossil fuel infrastructure in Virginia.
  • Planning a true phase out of natural gas and natural gas pipelines in favor of wind and solar.
  • Investing in technical education, green jobs, and resiliency projects for communities affected by both 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.
  • Investing in new and existing rail and bus networks, and adopting policies that encourage biking, walking, and other green mobility.
  • Promoting smart local land use for housing, commercial, and agriculture that can slash carbon emissions.