Virginia is blessed with fertile lands, vast natural resources and an abundance of energy. Yet, our agricultural exports have fallen from their record highs in 2014, and the cost of electricity rose by more than 30% over the last decade. The challenge for Virginia’s next governor will be to grow and expand our agriculture industry, balance the responsible stewardship of our environment with our economic needs and make sure Virginians have access to affordable, reliable energy.
I will champion agriculture – Virginia’s first industry – and redouble efforts to expand exports and open new markets for Virginia products. I will fight back against onerous federal actions, rules and regulations that limit Virginia’s ability to safely utilize our bountiful natural resources. I will work with the Trump Administration and our Republican majorities in Congress to expand the production of safe, reliable and affordable energy in the Commonwealth, including the development of oil and natural gas reserves off our deep sea coast and stopping the regulatory assault on our coal sector.