Tell lawmakers the Virginia “Clean” Economy Act is a dangerous mistake
By Craig Rucker
In 2020, the Democrats in Virginia railroaded through a piece of radical climate legislation called the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA).
Its goal was to reduce the Commonwealth’s carbon emissions to zero by 2045 and would achieve its ends by bulldozing large amounts of farmland and wilderness to foist the construction of massive new solar and windfarms.
Now, a bill pending before the Virginia House of Delegates (HB 118) would lift this heavy hand of government from Virginia’s electricity generation, protect the environment, make the grid more reliable, and lower prices for everyone.
I am headed over to the Virginia House of Delegates this week to testify about the terrible effects the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) is having. Ending this terrible policy is, without a doubt, in the public interest. We need your help!
This is not just a Virginia issue. Everywhere in the world that government has shuttered efficient fossil fuel energy sources and forced people into wind and solar — prices have risen, the environment suffers, and reliability is destroyed.
This effort in Richmond is offering the entire country a model for how to roll back dangerous statewide Green New Deal initiatives.
Let your voice be heard. Tell legislators in Virginia that VCEA:
- Is the most radical energy and climate legislation ever passed in the Commonwealth’s history.
- Will cost Virginia families and businesses a whopping $2 Billion per year – which amounts to $800 annually for a family of four.
- Will hit poorer families the hardest.
- Will cause the harmful destruction of farmlands and forests – a whopping 770 square miles, which is 33 times the size of New York City.
- Will destabilize the grid by relying on intermittent, unreliable solar and wind energy that has led to blackouts in Texas, California, Europe, and Australia.
- Will do nothing to impact climate change as even EPA modeling shows if Virginia were to eliminate 100% of its carbon dioxide emissions, it would only reduce temperature by 0.0021 degrees Celsius by the year 2100.
CFACT’s friends and readers know all too well that inefficient, intermittent wind and solar are terribly destructive, expensive, and unreliable.
Tell the Virginia House of Delegates the truth about which energy sources work and which don’t.
Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president.