In first address to the Joint Assembly, Gov. Northam presents bold clean energy agenda

For Immediate Release:
Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

Lee Francis | Communications Manager
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
(804) 225-1902 |


RICHMOND – In response to today’s address to the Joint Assembly by Governor Ralph Northam, Michael Town, executive director of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, issued the following statement:

“Tonight, in his first address to the Joint Assembly, and only two days into his term, Ralph Northam laid out a bold plan to tackle climate change and grow our state’s clean energy economy. It’s clear that addressing the growing climate crisis is chief among Governor Northam’s priorities, as it should be – things will only get worse, and future generations of Virginians will pay the price if we don’t take serious action now.

“On Nov. 7, voters across the state overwhelming chose the steady hand of Northam to lead Virginia forward and to be our state’s chief problem solver. The clean energy agenda he’s laid only a couple days into the job is ambitious and we all have a lot of work to do over the next four years to see it through. But, come 2022 my prediction is we will have done the heavy lifting necessary to cement Virginia’s place as a leader, nationally, in addressing the most serious environmental threat we’ve ever faced.”


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