February 1, 2022
Today, Governor Youngkin’s appointment for the Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources Andrew Wheeler was not confirmed by the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee.
Majority Leader Dick Saslaw said: “Senate Democrats have been instrumental in passing and protecting the Virginia Clean Economy Act, participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and so much more. The economy of the future requires a transition to wind, solar, and other renewable-energy jobs and technologies that will be a part of the Commonwealth’s prosperity for decades to come. Virginia must continue its future-forward economic agenda. Governor Youngkin’s nominee is a step in the wrong direction.”
Caucus Chair Mamie Locke said: “Governor Youngkin has said time and time again he would like to bridge the partisan divide and work together for Virginia’s next generation. However, his choice of Trump alum Andrew Wheeler for the position of Secretary of Natural Resources proves his unwillingness to bring properly qualified officials into our government. Mr. Wheeler will not protect—but instead will destroy—our efforts to move away from fossil fuels, maintain air and water quality, and prevent further global warming. His nomination is dangerous for Virginia’s future.”