Ralph Northam on Energy & Oil



Make Virginia 100% carbon free by 2050

We have accomplished a lot, starting with combatting climate change. I set a clear goal: To have 3,000 megawatts of renewable energy--solar and wind--under way during my term, and up to 2,500 megawatts from off-shore wind soon after. That's enough to power more than a million homes. We aim to have 30 percent of Virginia's electricity come from renewable sources in this next decade, and to make it 100 percent carbon-free by 2050. We're on track to achieve this clean energy goal.
Source: 2020 Virginia State of the State address , Jan 8, 2020

Create clean energy jobs in rural communities

No matter what politicians in Washington say, climate change is real. Sea levels are rising. It affects us every day.

Last year, Governor McAuliffe signed an Executive Directive to begin the process of capping carbon emissions from Virginia's electric utilities and use the power of the market to foster growth and innovation in the clean energy sector. The Clean Energy Virginia initiative is an incredible opportunity to create the next generation of energy jobs and lead the fight against climate change -- and my administration will implement it fully.

I will also support joining a coalition of states called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI. We can invest the significant revenues Clean Energy Virginia will generate to create clean energy jobs in rural communities, help families lower their electrical bills, and solidify our position as a global leader in renewable energy.

Source: 2018 State of the State speech to Virginia legislature , Jan 16, 2018

Restrict offshore oil and gas drilling off Virginia coast

The Trump administration is moving to expand offshore drilling by undoing President Obama's December executive order designating the bulk of US-owned waters in the Arctic Ocean and Atlantic Ocean as indefinitely off limits to future oil and gas leasing.

Expanding offshore drilling into now-restricted areas in the Atlantic would pose unacceptable risks to tourism, aquaculture, and military operations. Northam has been a leader in fighting offshore drilling in the Commonwealth for these very reasons.

As State Senator and Lieutenant Governor, Northam fought efforts by Republicans and Democrats to open Virginia's coast to offshore oil and gas drilling, even urging the Obama administration to exclude the Commonwealth from offshore drilling. "Opening up the Virginia coast for drilling would hurt our environment, economy, and people--but President Trump would do it anyway," said Northam.

Source: 2017 Virginia governor campaign website RalphNortham.com , Apr 25, 2017

We must act to address climate change

I believe that we must act to address climate change. As Lt. Governor I will stand up to Ken Cuccinelli and others who refuse to acknowledge fact-based science and the effect of global warming on coastal communities from Alexandria to Hampton Roads.

I firmly believe that it is both possible and necessary to achieve economic development that retains and improves the quality of our air, water, and land. The new energy economy has unlimited potential to create well-paying jobs for Virginians and provide a sustainable source of energy for the Commonwealth. As Lieutenant Governor I will continue to support efforts to promote alternative energy solutions such as wind, solar, and biodiesel.

Source: 2016-17 VA gubernatorial campaign website NorthamForLG.com , Nov 1, 2013

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VA Gubernatorial:
Amanda Chase
Bob McDonnell
Frank Wagner
Justin Fairfax
Ken Cuccinelli
Mark Herring
Robert Sarvis
Terry McAuliffe
Tim Kaine
Tom Perriello
VA Senatorial:
Amanda Chase
Corey Stewart
Daniel Gade
Mark Warner
Nick Freitas
Scott Taylor
Tim Kaine

Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
Murphy(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R)
Northam(D,term-limited) vs.Herring(D) vs.Chase(R) vs.Fairfax(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
Bevin(R) vs.Goforth(R,lost primary) vs.Adkins(D,lost primary) vs.Beshear(D) vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
Edwards(D) vs.Rispone(R) vs.Abraham(R) vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
Bryant(R,retiring) vs.Foster(R) vs.Hood(D) vs.Reeves(R) vs.Waller(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2020:
DE: vs.Carney(incumbent) vs.Williams(D)
IN: vs.Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D) vs.Myers(D)
MO: Parson(incumbent) vs.Galloway(D) vs.Neely(R)
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D) vs.Cooney(D) vs.Williams(D)
NC: Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R) vs.Grange(R)
ND: Burgum(incumbent) vs.Coachman(R) vs.Lenz(D)
NH: Sununu(incumbent) vs.Volinsky(D) vs. fsFeltes(D)
PR: Rossello(D) vs.Garced(D) vs.Pierluisi(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Huntsman(R) vs.Cox(R) vs.Burningham(R) vs.Newton(D) vs.Hughes(R)
VT: Scott(incumbent) vs.Holcombe(D) vs.Zuckerman(D)
WA: Inslee(incumbent) vs.Bryant(R) vs.Fortunato(R)
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Ron Stollings(D)
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