By Dino Grandoni November 7 at 8:20 AM
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Election Day. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
It is hard to miss the effects of climate change in much of coastal Virginia. Now the issue will get much more attention in the state’s capital.
Democrats are emboldened after winning control of both chambers of Virginia’s General Assembly for the first time in a generation. With their new power consolidated under Gov. Ralph Northam (D), leaders in the coal-rich bastion of the south are expected to pursue legislation to boost the use of renewable energy — and join neighbors across the East Coast in trying to cut carbon dioxide emissions.
Now Northam — who less than a year ago nearly resigned over a blackface scandal — has the chance to be Virginia’s most consequential governor when it comes to addressing climate change.
His administration immediately said it wants climate change on the legislative agenda. “The people spoke yesterday,” Northam said during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday in Richmond. “They really want us to continue to move forward with renewable energy.”