RICHMOND, VA – Democrat nominee for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax opposes the construction of natural gas pipelines in Virginia that will provide an abundance of cleaner energy in the Commonwealth. During the 2017 Lt. Governor Democrat primary, Fairfax declared his opposition to any pipeline construction in Virginia in order to win the support of far-left environmental protesters. Fairfax’s position is out of step with his own party including Governor Terry McAuliffe and his own ticket mates Ralph Northam and Mark Herring.
The two pipelines that are currently under evaluation for construction could lead to tens of thousands of jobs for Virginians as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in energy savings. Additionally, the operation of the pipeline could generate millions of dollars of state and local tax revenue.
Republican candidate for Lt. Governor Jill Vogel supports the development of pipelines in Virginia saying, “As Lt. Governor, I will support a true, comprehensive, all-of-the above energy strategy in Virginia focused on responsibly using Virginia’s domestic resources, reducing our dependence on energy imports, and expanding the development and use of clean, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. Access to affordable, reliable, cleaner energy will create good-paying jobs and help Virginia attract new economic development projects. There’s no doubt that building these pipelines will help keep our energy costs low and keep Virginia competitive with other states.”
In The Final Month Of The Democrat Primary, Fairfax Spoke Out Against Two Natural Gas Pipelines In Virginia
In A Virginia River Healers Questionnaire Shared On “Blue Virginia,” Fairfax Said He Was “Against Both The Atlantic Coast Pipeline And The Mountain Valley Pipeline.”“Fairfax- ‘I am against both the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline. … These pipelines will disrupt state land and wildlife, leading to even more destruction of Virginia’s ecosystems.’” (“Virginia River Healers Give Perriello, Fairfax, Rossi Their Top Ratings For Pledging To Protect Virginia Water Security,” Blue Virginia, 6/12/17)
Fairfax: “There Has Been No Case Made As To Why These Pipelines Are Necessary, With Regard To Both Economic And Environmental Factors.” (“Virginia River Healers Give Perriello, Fairfax, Rossi Their Top Ratings For Pledging To Protect Virginia Water Security,” Blue Virginia, 6/12/17)
Prior To Opposing The Pipelines, Fairfax Stopped Short Of Out-Right Opposition To Them
In 2017, Fairfax Said Pipeline Proponents Have Yet To Make Their Case, But Unlike His Democratic Primary Rivals He Stopped Short Of Out-Right Opposition. “A pair of natural gas pipelines that have turned into a hot-button issue are also trickling down to the lieutenant governor race. Fairfax says the pipeline proponents have yet to make their case, but unlike his rivals for the Democratic nomination, he’s stopping short of out-right opposition.” (Fenit Nirappil, “3 Democrats Who Never Held Office Vying To Be Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor,” The Washington Post, 5/22/17)
“He Says His Opponents Are Jumping On A Bandwagon Without Giving The Issue Thoughtful Consideration.” (Fenit Nirappil, “3 Democrats Who Never Held Office Vying To Be Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor,” The Washington Post, 5/22/17)
Fairfax: “They Are Talking About Issues They Don’t Have The Foundational Facts On.”“‘They are talking about issues they don’t have the foundational facts on,’ said Fairfax. ‘We need to get away from this sort of bumper-sticker, grandstanding politics that doesn’t really go deep into the policy before arriving at a conclusion.’” (Fenit Nirappil, “3 Democrats Who Never Held Office Vying To Be Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor,” The Washington Post, 5/22/17)