Northam’s Energy Plan: High Points and Missed Opportunities

Writing in the Virginia Mercury on October 15, 2018, Ivy Main analyzes Governor Northam’s new Virginia Energy Plan, especially in light of the recently released report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change “that makes it clear we need ‘rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society’ to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

Main says, “There’s a lot to like in Northam’s energy plan, but missed opportunities abound,” and notes that “Perhaps no Virginia politician today has the courage to rise to the challenge the IPCC describes. Certainly, Gov. Northam shows no signs of transforming into a rapid-change kind of leader. But as we celebrate the proposals in his energy plan that would begin moving us away from our fossil-fuel past, we also have to recognize that none of them go nearly far enough.”

She discusses in detail some of the high points of the administration’s plan as well as the missed opportunities.