Leave ‘livable earth’ for future generations

Published 6:20 pm Friday, June 3, 2022

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By U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin

Guest columnist

May was a very busy month, both in the district and in Washington, D.C.

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I held a districtwide telephone town hall where I was able to connect with constituents and answer questions. I was also pleased to be joined by state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, who provided updates on the General Assembly. Speaking with voters is one of the most important parts of my job and I was happy to hear from you all during this tele-town hall.

My office also hosted several Mobile McEachins in May. During these meetings, my staff was able to connect with constituents in person to help them with issues regarding federal agencies. If you were unable to attend but are looking for help from my office, you can visit my website at https://mceachin.house.gov/services/help-with-a-federal-agency to begin the process.

This month, my team is hosting another Mobile McEachin in Hopewell on Thursday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hopewell at the Appomattox Regional Library’s Hopewell Branch, 209 E. Cawson St. Please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hopewell-mobile-mceachin-tickets-348840470237 to make an appointment.

In May, I participated in several climate-related events, including one with the Virginia League of Conservation Voters to discuss the future of electric vehicles through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal. I also attended an event hosted by Choose Clean Water where I was honored as a 2022 Clean Water Champion.

As the impacts of climate change accelerate, I will continue to dedicate my work to preserve our planet, and ensure all Virginians live in a healthy environment free of chemical hazards and pollution. We have a responsibility to leave a livable earth for future generations.

Lastly, I joined two of my House colleagues to introduce the People Over Petroleum Act, which would deliver Americans a $500 direct cash rebate paid for by eliminating 11 of the most egregious tax subsidies flowing to fossil fuel companies.

According to the IMF, fossil fuel companies receive nearly $650 billion a year in direct and indirect tax subsidies.

High energy prices have left Americans struggling to fill up their tank while working to make ends meet. I am proud to lead my colleagues in introducing this crucial legislation to help Americans get through this tenuous period with direct cash rebates. Think of them like gas debit cards, delivered directly to consumers. Our legislation will also ensure Big Oil pays its fair share and supports our path to a clean energy future.


Donald McEachin, D-Va., represents Suffolk in the U.S. House of Representatives. He can be reached at Mceachin.Press@mail.house.gov