I grew up on Virginia's Eastern Shore and value the Chesapeake Bay for the national treasure it is. The Chesapeake is vital to Virginia's economy and so many jobs are dependent upon protecting it from environmental harm.
In the state Senate I supported the rebuilding of the blue crab populations and in 2009 I partnered with then Governor Time Kaine to ensure that non-native oysters would not be introduced into the Bay. I also believe that we must act to address climate change. As Lt. Governor I will stand up to Ken Cuccinelli and others who refuse to acknowledge fact-based science and the effect of global warming on coastal communities from Alexandria to Hampton Roads.
I co-sponsored legislation to ban phosphorous, a key nutrient pollutant, from most lawn fertilizers sold in Virginia. Too much of it was getting into the Bay and posed long-term risks to wildlife that many Virginians depend on to earn a living. I will continue to be a strong advocate for our marine resource and tourism industries.
I firmly believe that it is both possible and necessary to achieve economic development that retains and improves the quality of our air, water, and land. The new energy economy has unlimited potential to create well-paying jobs for Virginians and provide a sustainable source of energy for the Commonwealth. As Lieutenant Governor I will continue to support efforts to promote alternative energy solutions such as wind, solar, and biodiesel.