I am an avid outdoorsman and will always work to protect our air, water and land resources. I will also resist ongoing efforts to weaken environmental regulations that are needed to protect public health. The natural treasures of Virginia and the rest of the nation have intrinsic and economic value that must be handled with care.
As Governor, I worked with citizens, environmental organizations and government agencies to preserve more than 400,000 acres of open space in the Commonwealth. These acres included state parks, state forests, wildlife management areas, natural preserves and Civil War battlefields. I also worked with the legislature to put more than $1 billion into wastewater treatment plant upgrades to clean up our rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.
I reject the anti-science mentality of those who claim that we can be indifferent to human impact on the climate. There is a well-funded effort underway to deny that human actions are having an impact. The right strategies for dealing with climate change are complicated, and we must always take a balanced approach. But we cannot ignore our own responsibilities as stewards of our environment. We must make sure that our children and grandchildren can enjoy the same natural bounty that we cherish.