Clean Water Action Endorses Ralph Northam for Virginia Governor
Clean Water Action has announced its endorsement of Ralph Northam for Virginia Governor.
“Ralph Northam is a leader who will defend vital safeguards for clean water and public health while taking action to fight climate,” said Michael Bochynski, Virginia Program Organizer. “As a state senator, Ralph brought legislation to create a coastal flooding working group to study how Virginia’s coastal communities can prepare for the effects of climate change. Today, Ralph serves on the Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission, which is tasked with recommending ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Presently, the environmental community and government officials in Virginia are working to launch the Governor’s Executive Directive 11 (ED11), which will help reduce carbon emissions. Additionally, the directive will allow Virginia to become trading-ready and link us to a multi-state carbon allowance trading program based on the market. Ralph Northam will build on ED11 and work to ensure clean energy job growth continues in the commonwealth.
In contrast, his opponent, Ed Gillespie, made his fortune working for the fossil fuel industry. He favors robust fossil fuel extraction and refuses to address climate change or carbon emissions as causes to coastal flooding and sea level rise. Gillespie has investments in Dominion Energy and received hefty funding from donors in the oil and gas industry. Acme, a corporation that handed Gillespie $3 million to lobby in Washington, has received over 50 warning from the Environmental Protection Agency.
We need leaders who will protect our environment and communities. That is why a vote for Ralph Northam is a vote to protect clean water. Learn more about Ralph and make sure to vote for him on Tuesday, November 7th.
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