Current Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam told a crowd Sunday, “I will… always be opposed to offshore drilling.”
Virginia Lieutenant Governor and candidate for Governor Ralph Northam told Arlington County Democrats Sunday that he will always oppose offshore drilling.
“Our future is not in offshore drilling!” Northam proclaimed after extolling the virtues of alternative energy sources.
“I have literally watched the demise of the Chesapeake Bay over my 50 years,” Northam told the crowd. “I understand global warming. I’m a scientist. I know what it does. We need to stand up as Democrats and say, ‘We all in Virginia need to be good stewards of our enviornment.'”
“I have always and I will continue to always be opposed to offshore drilling,” the Lieutenant Governor told the crowd.
Northam’s position put him on the opposite side of the issue from many prominent Virginia Democrats. Governor Terry McAuliffe and Senator Mark Warner both support offshore drilling “as part of an all-of-the-above strategy,” according to the Daily Press. Senator Tim Kaine previously supported offshore drilling, but reversed course when he became Hillary Clinton’s running mate.
Offshore drilling enjoys bipartisan support due to the jobs it would create for Virginia. Estimates of job creation in Virginia due to offshore drilling range from 15,000 over 30 years to 32,000 over 20 years.
You can watch Northam’s full remarks here:
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