Protection of the Environment

We only have one earth and Tom believes that protecting our planet now is critical to preserving our environment for future generations.  Climate change is a scientific fact and it poses a serious threat to our nation, particularly our coastal shores. Tom is proposing incentives to boost carbon-free sources of energy that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  This program would be a market-based carbon tax that would include tax refunds for low-income families. Such a proposal could replace direct subsidies for renewables and reduce federal deficits by $1 trillion over 10 years while encouraging use of non-carbon forms of energy production such as solar, wind and nuclear power.

Tom strongly opposes offshore drilling in Virginia.

Virginia needs a strong voice in Congress to defend the Chesapeake Bay from the Trump Administration’s threats to the agencies that protect it and Tom will fight to stop these cuts. The Commonwealth’s 3,300 miles of coastal resources provide a significant economic contribution to our tourism, recreation, commercial and sport fisheries, and wildlife enjoyment within our state. However, pollution, habitat loss, and other factors have taken their toll. Federal and Bay state partners need to continue to work together to seek appropriate resources to preserve the Bay and Tom opposes any reductions in funding that threaten to erase progress made to restore the Bay’s oyster population and support local commercial fisheries.

Tom understands the importance of meeting safety and environmental regulations through robust permitting processes. He would ensure that any fracking and pipeline construction meet the highest environmental standards.

Tom supports a market-based carbon tax that would include tax refunds for low-income families. Such a proposal could replace direct subsidies for renewables and reduce federal deficits by $1 trillion over 10 years while encouraging use of non-carbon forms of energy production such as solar, wind and nuclear power.

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