Gov. Northam Sneaks In Bevy Of Lefty Laws On Climate, Guns, More
As Virginians celebrated the Christian holidays leading up to Easter and the Jewish Passover, Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) signed a sweeping array of lefty legislation — 45 bills in total, with proposed amendments for even more.
From abortion to voting, from climate to LGBT issues, from guns to collective bargaining, the minimum wage, and Confederate monuments, the governor seemingly attempted to smuggle Democrats’ radical new laws past Virginians as they celebrated the holidays and hunkered down to fight the virus.
While you were celebrating Passover, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter, @GovernorVA Ralph Northam signed radical new laws on: abortion, Confederate monuments, guns, LGBT issues, the minimum wage, voting, and more. Smuggling in radical change under the radar… pic.twitter.com/8BilU1ZeTP
— Tyler O’Neil (@Tyler2ONeil) April 13, 2020
Northam’s office issued no fewer than eight press releases announcing the governor had signed legislation that the Democrat-majority House of Delegates and Senate had signed over the past year.
Northam also signed climate legislation on Easter Sunday.
He signed the Virginia Clean Economic Act, which “incorporates environmental justice concepts related to the Green New Deal,” the socialist takeover of the economy that would impose tremendous costs on Americans.
Among other things, the law establishes high renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for local energy companies, advances ineffective wind energy while requiring Dominion Energy Virginia to “prioritize hiring local workers from historically disadvantaged communities,” and encourages solar energy.
The governor also signed the Clean Energy and Community Flood Preparedness Act, which establishes a carbon dioxide cap-and-trade program and a Flood Preparedness Fund.
“These new clean energy laws propel Virginia to leadership among the states in fighting climate change,” Northam said. “They advance environmental justice and help create clean energy jobs.”
The laws also represent a massive government intrusion in the energy sector at a time when U.S. emissions are already decreasing.
The laws Northam signed had been passed by the Virginia legislature over a period of months, but the governor announced he had signed these 45 bills over the course of three days.
His decisions on this wide array of causes must have taken months to formulate, but the governor buried them all on a news dump during the most important weekend on the Christian calendar in the middle of a global pandemic.
It may not be entirely clear what he is hiding, but he is definitely hiding something.
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