As Governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010, Tim Kaine was a dedicated champion of statewide conservation and renewable energy initiatives. In his first year as Governor, he worked to conserve over 400,000 acres of land from property development, and also worked to invest more than $1 billion into cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia’s rivers. He also proposed policies that created state incentives for utilities to use renewable fuels and invest in energy conservation.
Kaine led a coalition of citizens, environmental organizations, and government agencies to safeguard state parks, state forests, wildlife management areas, natural preserves, and historic Civil War battlefields in Virginia. During Kaine’s tenure as Governor he also established a program to survey air pollution from facilities throughout the commonwealth and advanced a number of innovative approaches to expand public transit options to thousands of Virginians.
Prior to his service as Governor, Kaine served two terms as Mayor of Richmond and then as Lieutenant Governor. Most recently, Kaine chaired the Democratic National Committee.
Kaine joins the U.S. Senate after defeating former Governor and Senator George Allen, who received a lifetime score of 1% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard during his time in Congress, earning him his third spot on LCV’s Dirty Dozen campaign this election cycle. Kaine fills the seat of retiring Senator Jim Webb, who received a lifetime score of 89% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2011.
In his own words:
"I am an avid outdoorsman and will always work to protect our air, water and land resources. I will also resist ongoing efforts to weaken environmental regulations that are needed to protect public health. The natural treasures of Virginia and the rest of the nation have intrinsic and economic value that must be handled with care."
Source: Tim Kaine Campaign Website