A Sustainable Future

To create a more sustainable future in Virginia, we must acknowledge that Global Climate Change is the existential challenge of our time, and that it adheres to no local jurisdictional boundaries.

• 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.