A Sustainable Future
• Renewable Energy Economy. Since one-third of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from the energy sector, we need to transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy like wind and solar.
– Give consumers the ability to create their own power and decentralize the grid by removing caps on net metering.
– Increase alternative energy investment credits currently in Virginia.
– Empower local governments to aggregate their electric loads for the purpose of net metering.
– Join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a regional cap and trade program involving New England and Mid-Atlantic states to which no Southern state is yet a member.
• Green Transportation System. Since one-third of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from the transportation sector, expand transportation choice.
– Increase state funding to leverage local investments in public transit, and infrastructure that accommodates walking, cycling as well as driving the car.
– Expand direct funding for public transit and allow the localities in our district to fund a Regional Transit Authority if they so choose.
– Change Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) “Smart Scale” funding to apply equal weight to projects that enhance bicycle and pedestrian mobility as well as public transit systems.
• Energy Monopolies and Campaign Contributions. We cannot let big money influence policy making for the greater good, and that includes curbing Dominion Energy’s influence over the General Assembly.
– Restrict campaign contributions from public utilities (like Dominion Energy) to state legislators in the General Assembly.
– Do not accept any contributions from Dominion Energy.
– Impose caps on all donations (from corporate or individual donors) to delegates.