Northam’s waffling over pipelines disrupts process
In his recent column, “Northam stumbles over the details,” Jeff Schapiro lays out the political consequences of Gov. Ralph Northam’s “squishy” waffling over the proposed gas pipelines during his election campaign. The latest manifestation of that is the governor’s decision to abruptly dismiss two members of the Air Pollution Control Board right before an important vote.
I was one of the Virginians who fell for candidate Northam’s campaign schtick. I met him. I felt assured and believed he was a good man — a pediatrician and an advocate for children — who would do the right thing when faced with difficult choices.
Instead, Northam acts as though he would rather protect former Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s pet project and create profits for big business at the expense of the air quality breathed by Virginia children in Buckingham County.
According to its charter, the Air Pollution Control Board is tasked with “analyzing air-related issues involving health, environmental impact, and quality of life.” It is supposed to be composed of well-informed, neutral parties from across the state who determine environmental well-being for vulnerable citizens. The governor’s interference disrupts that process. Rebecca Rubin and Samuel Bleicher deserve to vote when the board meets December 10.
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