Despite ‘State of the Commonwealth’ greenwashing, Youngkin is working to undermine climate action, clean energy goals

For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

Lee Francis | Deputy Director
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
(434) 989-3197 |


RICHMOND – Tonight, Governor Youngkin presented his “State of the Commonwealth” speech, which significantly mischaracterizes Virginia’s climate action policies and overlooks the impact his Administration’s anti-environmental policies are having on Virginians’ health, our economy, and our ability to protect communities from harmful climate change.

In response to Youngkin’s address, Michael Town, executive director of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, issued the following statement:

“Don’t let Governor Youngkin’s rhetoric about an all-of-the-above energy policy that will provide affordable, reliable, and ‘one of these days’ clean energy fool you – this Administration is doing everything it can to undermine Virginia’s clean energy future, the jobs that come with it, and our goals to address climate change and secure a healthy environment for all Virginians. With this Administration continuing to work to unravel the progress we’ve made cutting pollution and advancing a clean energy economy, we will be working with our champions in the Senate to block his reckless attacks and secure the sustainable future that Virginians deserve.”

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