Governor Northam’s budget is what Virginia needs to fight climate change

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Today, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam proposed a budget that will include $733 million in new funding for the environment, clean energy, and environmental justice work, and will remove language that has prevented Virginia from participating in the successful multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

“Governor Northam’s announcement today leaps Virginia forward in the fight against climate change. There is no clearer indication that a state is committed to clean energy than using state dollars to fund solutions that will get us closer to a carbon free environment. Likewise, backing legislation that will allow Virginia to become a full member of RGGI is a clear signal of the Commonwealth’s commitment to fighting carbon emissions. Equally important and inherent to the work of establishing a clean energy economy is addressing issues of inequity and environmental injustice. We are heartened to see the Governor’s financial commitment in this proposed budget to the important work of environmental justice,” said Will Cleveland, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center.


For more than 30 years, the Southern Environmental Law Center has used the power of the law to champion the environment of the Southeast. With more than 80 attorneys and nine offices across the region, SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect our natural resources and the health and well-being of all the people in our region.

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