Editor: Terry McAuliffe’s stand on current environment issues seems to have been getting tough criticism throughout his first two years as governor.
In the state of Virginia there are high amounts of carbon emissions and it is important that we reduce overall emissions because of the impact on severe weather and our health. Deforestation occurs very frequently in Virginia; forests are cut down to make the push for new development. The main issue with deforestation is that for every tree that gets cut down, we lose the ability to recover oxygen from carbon dioxide.
In the Chantilly area, there have been numerous federal declared disasters within five years. This past winter, a blizzard dumped up to 3 feet of snow within 24 hours. In 2010, there was a drought that occurred and rainfall in the summer declined by 0.5 millimeters per day. The following fall season, there were more days of intense rainfall. These changes have affected the lives of the citizens that live along the Hampton Roads area. People that live alongside the Hampton Road area now pay a large amount of money for flood insurance and businesses have lost about 25 percent of profit because of these unexpected sea levels and sudden flooding.
As climate change keeps occurring that will only make the situation worse for the area. The mayor in Norfolk, Ronald Villanueva, has proposed a solution to lower carbon emissions. This program encourages those who can cheaply cut down on their emissions to do so while also adjusting their industries to cut down on pollution.
I strongly support Mayor Villanueva and Governor McAuliffe in the need to reduce carbon emissions to ensure the safety of Virginians, and ask you to do the same.
Jose Orellana, Chantilly