What's at Stake on Nov. 8: Virginia's Environment
November 4, 2011
Conservatives in Virginia's legislature have launched an all-out attack on our environment. Their polluting agenda includes exempting Virginia utilities from the Clean Air Act, promoting reckless offshore drilling, and repealing Virginia's ban on uranium mining. The State Senate is our last line of defense for clean air, clean water, and renewable energy.
Progressive Point: Radical conservatives in the state legislature are pushing for legislation that would devastate Virginia's clean water, clean air and natural environment. The State Senate has always been there to stop them. If Bob McDonnell's Tea Party allies take over the Senate on Tuesday, their extreme agenda will threaten the places that make Virginia so special. Instead of creating green jobs and investing in the clean energy economy, these radical conservatives will focus on removing the ban on uranium mining, pushing for offshore oil drilling and fracking, and continuing the practice of mountaintop removal. On Tuesday, vote for leaders who will protect Virginia families' right to clean water and clean air, and focus on bringing green jobs to the Commonwealth.
Get the Facts:
"Bob McDonnell doesn't get it at all. Actually, he does 'get it' if we're talking about 'getting' huge wads of cash from the dirty energy industry, hanging out with the Koch boys and 'getting' his pro-dirty-energy lines straight from them." (Blue Virginia)
"Virginia spends less than 1% of general fund revenues on environmental programs. While permitting and enforcement costs continue to rise, environmental departments are compelled to slash budgets. A uranium industry would generate pollution in Virginia for untold generations, with inadequate oversight by regulatory authorities." (Keep The Ban)