In this year’s congressional campaigns, many Democratic candidates have been struggling to avoid directly confronting issues of energy in the environment. With the Senate’s abandonment of climate legislation, many candidates have stopped referring to climate change, while in some districts, there’s no Democrat to speak up for clean energy at all.
In the 4th congressional district of Virginia, however, the Democrats have a strong candidate who isn’t afraid to acknowledge the extraordinary environmental challenges our nation faces. Wynne LeGrow does the math, looks at the science, and speaks accordingly:
“The United States produces less than 5% of the world’s oil supply but consumes about 20%. This will continue to result in a significant trade deficit and keep us dependent on foreign oil. No amount of drilling will make us independent. Drilling offshore is obviously fraught with serious problems and would increase the total supply of oil only minimally. In order to become energy independent we must change our focus to clean, renewable sources of energy.
Starting by developing a more energy effecient economy, we must quickly implement wind, solar, geothermal and biomass as clean, domestic power sources. The burning of fossil fuels continues to contribute to the increased levels of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. The existence of global climate change and its relationship to the burning of fossil fuels is widely accepted in the scientific community. Those who deny this are generally not from the scientific community or are protecting the interests of the fossil fuel industries.”
LeGrow is campaigning against incumbent Republican Randy Forbes, who voted against climate legislation and has pushed for radical expansion of offshore drilling, which he calls “environmentally sound” even after the gigantic Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.