Governor Northam Vetoes Bill Limiting VA’s Ability to Reduce Power Plant Pollution


March 14, 2019


Kendyl Crawford, Director, Virginia Interfaith Power & Light

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Virginia Interfaith Power & Light: Governor Northam Vetoes Bill Limiting VA’s Ability to Reduce Power Plant Pollution

Richmond, VA – Today, Governor Ralph Northam vetoed HB 2611, a bill that would have limited Virginia’s methods for addressing global warming, cleaning up the environment, and limiting carbon pollution from power plants. The bill would have banned Virginia from joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap and trade initiative of nine states to limit carbon pollution.

In response, Kendyl Crawford, Director of Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, released the following statement:

“People of faith and conscience from across Virginia have spoken up on the importance of addressing climate change because of its far-reaching moral implications. Vetoing a bill that would have undercut Virginia’s efforts to clean up pollution and safeguard its citizens is a good decision.

As young people and students around the world and right here in Richmond are gearing up to bring attention to the climate crisis tomorrow for the Youth Climate Strike, it reminds us of the urgency of moving forward to cut carbon pollution and to adapt to the consequences of climate disruption.”


About Virginia Interfaith Power & Light: Virginia Interfaith Power & Light is a nonprofit organization that collaborates, as people of faith, to grow healthy communities and advance climate justice through education, advocacy, and worship with over 2,500 supporters across the state. We are a program of Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. For more information, visit