The Virginia Sierra Club’s 2021 General Assembly grades are out, and the difference between pro-environment, pro-clean-energy Democrats and anti-environment/fossil fuel industry puppet Republicans is stark. See below for the grades (click on each image to enlarge), “on a “diverse range of bills, from energy and efficiency, utility regulation, and transportation, to environmental justice and voting rights,” and a few takeaways. As Virginia Sierra Club Director Kate Addelson puts it, “this scorecard offers a valuable guide to voters on which lawmakers consistently support strong policies for climate action and environmental justice.”
- In the State Senate, 18 out of 18 Republicans got “F” grades from the VA Sierra Club. Disgraceful.
- In stark contrast, 10 Senate Democrats got “A” grades: John Bell, Jennifer Boysko, Creigh Deeds, Adam Ebbin, Barbara Favola, Ghazala Hashmi, Janet Howell, Mamie Locke, Jennifer McClellan, and Jeremy McPike. Nice job!
- Three Senate Democrats (John Edwards, Joe Morrissey, Chap Petersen) got solid “B” grades, and the other 8 Senate Democrats (George Barker, Lynwood Lewis, Louise Lucas, Dave Marsden, Monty Mason, Dick Saslaw, Lionell Spruill, Scott Surovell) got “C” grades…
- In the House of Delegates, all 45 Republicans got an “F” grade, meaning that 63 out of 63 General Assembly Republicans – 18 in the Senate, 45 in the House – got “F”s. With the planet literally on fire and figuratively crying out for relief, this is waaayyyy beyond unacceptable (in a sane world, it should be a disqualifier, in and of itself, for literally anyone to vote for a Virginia Republican).
- Again, in stark contrast, *Democrats* in the House of Delegates all got “A” grades, with just two exceptions: a “B” for Del. Angelia Williams-Graves and a “C” for Del. Steve Heretick, who was defeated in the June 8th Democratic primary (bye bye!).
- So all told, while 63/63 General Assembly Republicans got “F” grades when it comes to caring about our environment, 63/76 Democrats got “A”s, 4/76 got “B”s, and 9/76 got “C”s.