Don Beyer cites climate change as the issue that was most influential in motivating him to run for Congress.
Beyer is an experienced government official with knowledge of both domestic and international policy from his time as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia and U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. His record of environmental leadership includes serving as a member of former Governor Tim Kaine’s Commission on Climate Change and implementing sustainability measures at the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland. Beyer is also an avid outdoorsman and active with several Virginia conservation and hiking groups.
Beyer believes we have an obligation to address climate change in order to preserve a livable planet for future generations. In Congress, Beyer is committed to putting a price on carbon pollution and ending tax breaks for fossil fuel companies. Beyer will also be a strong advocate for protecting more public lands.
Beyer fills the seat held by retiring Representative Jim Moran, who received a lifetime score of 88% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2013.
In his own words:
“The single-most important issue of our time is climate change. We must do everything in our power to arrest this change, and I intend to make it a main focus of my time in Congress.”
Source: LCV’s 2013-2014 Congressional Questionnaire