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Lawmakers in VA Shoot Down Youngkin Bill That Attempted to Label Nuclear Power as ‘Renewable’

Last week, a bill pertaining to energy that would have enabled nuclear and hydrogen power to be classified as renewables was reportedly rejected by the Democratic-controlled Senate in Virginia, in spite of the approval of popular GOP Governor Glenn Youngkin.

On Wednesday, the Senate rejected multiple modifications to state legislation put up by Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) that would have made certain biomass plants eligible for renewable energy certification in a 22-18 party-line vote.

The Virginia League of Conservation Voters’ executive director, Mike Town, expressed gratitude for the vote on behalf of the group.

The vote is the most recent environmental and energy-related disagreement between Youngkin and the upper house of the legislature.

Youngkin promised to withdraw Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a multi-state carbon-trading system that Youngkin blamed for rate rises, shortly after his victory in November 2021.

The candidacy of Andrew Wheeler, who oversaw the Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump administration, as the state’s secretary of natural resources was also denied by the state senate.

After that vote, Youngkin appointed Wheeler as a senior advisor.

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