State of Virginia Archives: on Energy & Oil


Shelley Moore Capito: AdWatch: Fights back against Obama's war on coal

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is running an ad this with coal as the subject. The Chamber's commercial backs Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, the seven-term lawmaker who is considered a favorite to capture the Senate seat of retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D).

Capito, according to the Chamber, is "fighting back against the Obama administration's war on coal." The spot, which begins airing Thursday, describes her as a strong conservative who will "stand up for all of West Virginia. She's one of us."

Source: Huffington Post AdWatch on 2014 West Virginia Senate race Dec 5, 2013

John Raese: 2010 alternative energy bill was WV's own cap-and-trade Bill

[Before 2010], then-Governor Manchin seemed desirous to impress the new Democratic President that he was a green energy governor despite being from West Virginia. So he set in motion House Bill 103, which was designed to mandate an increasing percentage of energy sold in West Virginia to be from alternative energy. Raese called it West Virginia's own Cap and Trade Bill.

This trend against traditional energy sources in West Virginia has continued unabated by the Obama EPA, forcing the closure of over 100 coal operations statewide, with the result of lost jobs and state revenue. [After 2010 as a] US Senator, Manchin has seemed unable or unwilling to do much about this devastating blow to our economy, despite his close personal friendship with President Obama.

John Raese sounded the alarm, demanding that the EPA be made more accountable for their anti-coal bias. Unlike Manchin, Raese could see that a committed liberal like Obama was not likely to change stripes, and he was right.

Source: Huntington News editorial on 2014 West Virginia Senate race Nov 21, 2013

Terry McAuliffe: Co-founded GreenTech electric car company, in Mississippi

Cuccinelli has been especially critical of GreenTech, the electric car company that McAuliffe co-founded, because it considered placing a factory in Southside Virginia but chose to put it in Mississippi instead after getting a generous incentive package from that state's government.

McAuliffe said that he "would love to have put a plant in Virginia" but that companies have a "fiduciary" duty to investors.

"Okay, you picked Mississippi, so run for governor of Mississippi," Cuccinelli said.

Source: Washington Post on 2013 Virginia governor debates Jul 21, 2013

Terry McAuliffe: 2012: Started GreenTech electric car company & soon resigned

Terry McAuliffe appeared with his good friend Bill Clinton at the ribbon-cutting for Mr. McAuliffe's electric car company in July 2012, the campaign-style event, complete with "Born in the U.S.A." blaring.

McAuliffe resigned as GreenTech's chairman last year but publicly acknowledged it only this month. Documents have surfaced questioning his explanation for why he located the plant in Mississippi, not Virginia, including memos from Virginia officials expressing "grave doubts" about his business model and suggesting its financing was a "visa-for-sale scheme" for Chinese investors.

McAuliffe said the struggles of GreenTech--which once promised 1,500 jobs but today employs only 78 at its plant--are typical of any start-up in a tough economy. "How many people start electric car companies?" he said in an interview. "How many do it in a recession?"

Ken Cuccinelli has seized on the GreenTech saga in an attempt to attack McAuliffe's chief asset as a candidate, his business acumen.

Source: New York Times on 2013 Virginia governor debates Apr 26, 2013

Bob McDonnell: Replace gas tax with sales and use tax

Replace gas tax with sales and use tax Our plan will also eliminate Virginia's 17.5 cents per gallon tax on gasoline and replace it with a 0.8% increase in the sales and use tax- that will not tax gasoline. We will be the first state in the nation to eliminate the gas tax, which is projected Replace gas tax with sales and use tax We will maintain the tax on diesel fuel, 68% of which is consumed by out of state truckers. Trucks comprise 4.2% of the miles traveled, but cause nearly 80% of the maintenance needs.
Source: 2013 Virginia State of the State address Jan 9, 2013

George Allen: If you use electricity, you should vote for me

Allen said that people who use electricity should vote for him, claiming Kaine supports EPA policies that essentially make using coal for electricity not practical for businesses.

Kaine said he believes in the science he's seen, showing human activity's impact on climate. Kaine said he supported a measure to control carbon, and finding strategies to limit carbon's impact.

Allen attacked Kaine's use of a hybrid energy plant in Wise County in commercials, saying under current EPA regulations that plant couldn't be built today, due to its coal use.

Kaine countered that as long as new energy can be about "cleaner," that it would be good for Virginia and the country. Kaine also recommended cutting subsidies to "big oil companies."

Source: WSLS-TV-10 on 2012 Virginia Senate debate Oct 18, 2012

Tim Kaine: Cut subsidies to big oil companies

Allen said that people who use electricity should vote for him, claiming Kaine supports EPA policies that essentially make using coal for electricity not practical for businesses.

Kaine said he believes in the science he's seen, showing human activity's impact on climate. Kaine said he supported a measure to control carbon, and finding strategies to limit carbon's impact.

Allen attacked Kaine's use of a hybrid energy plant in Wise County in commercials, saying under current EPA regulations that plant couldn't be built today, due to its coal use.

Kaine countered that as long as new energy can be about "cleaner," that it would be good for Virginia and the country. Kaine also recommended cutting subsidies to "big oil companies."

Source: WSLS-TV-10 on 2012 Virginia Senate debate Oct 18, 2012

Joe Manchin III: I fought for coal in past & will fight for coal in future

The coal industry in West Virginia was another big topic during the debate. Raese said the decline of coal was all because of the Obama administration, which Manchin was a part of.

Manchin disagreed and said he has fought for coal in the past and will continue to fight for coal in the future.

Source: West Virginia MetroNews on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

Joe Manchin III: EPA regulatory practices unfairly hurt Appalachian coal

Raese aggressively criticized the Obama administration on coal regulations, and environmental policy. He also wants to cut some federal programs that currently regulate the environment. "The Obama administration has been regulating coal out of existence. Try to get a permit today, if you can," Raese said. "He doesn't want to burn fossil fuels, he's making coal priced so high that it's not competitive anymore," he said, "I'd like to abolish the Department of Energy, and I would also like to abolish the EPA. I think they are both redundant."

Manchin says all energy resources in the country should be developed, to stop dependence on foreign oil. He says regulatory practices from the Environmental Protection Agency are unfairly hurting Appalachian coal mining. But he says a balance must be drawn to protect both industry and environmental interests. "There's a balance to be had, the economy and the environment has to work together," Manchin said.

Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

John Raese: Obama administration has caused decline of coal

The coal industry in West Virginia was another big topic during the debate. Raese said the decline of coal was all because of the Obama administration, which Manchin was a part of.

Manchin disagreed and said he has fought for coal in the past and will continue to fight for coal in the future.

Source: West Virginia MetroNews on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

George Allen: Energy independence instead of cap-and-trade

Former Sen. George Allen stuck to a mostly positive message of economic growth, energy independence and individual freedom Allen did not pull punches when criticizing items like Obama's health care overhaul, the cap-and-trade energy proposal supported by many Democrats, or "Washington liberals."

Tea party activist Jamie Radtke lambasted Mr. Allen during the debate for his spending record in the U.S. Senate--as she has done since entering the race.

Source: Washington Times on 2012 Virginia GOP primary Senate debate Apr 28, 2012

George Allen: Use the blessings of our plentiful American energy

George Allen said, "This election is about the freedom to use the blessings of our plentiful American energy resources rather than having the regulators take them off limits." The Republican primary is June 12th. The nominee will face former Governor Tim Kaine in the general election this November.
Source: WSET-TV Lynchburg on 2012 Virginia Senate debate Apr 28, 2012

Earl Ray Tomblin: Fight the federal government's war on coal

As long as I am Governor I will continue to fight this administration's war on coal! A few months ago, a federal court agreed with our lawsuit and ruled that the federal EPA had in fact overstepped its authority. I will keep fighting until Washington recognizes that one of the keys to America's future is the use and promotion of our natural resources. It is a fight from which I will not shrink, and one that I fully expect to win!
Source: West Virginia 2012 State of the State Address Jan 11, 2012

George Allen: We are blessed to be #1 in energy resources: so use them

Cancun in a private jet. The folks who are hurt worst by these energy policies that cause us to pay higher prices for electricity, for gas and for food, are lower and middle-income families who are struggling to make ends meet.

Kaine generally pitched himself as in favor of more energy production, including an "all of the above" approach for alternative energy sources, and criticizing Allen for having opposed incentives for cleaner energies when he was in the Senate. Kaine generally pitched himself as in favor of more energy production, including an "all of the above" approach for alternative energy sources, and criticizing Allen for having opposed incentives for cleaner energies when he was in the Senate.

Kaine gave a reply to Allen's many invocations of the federal government supposedly stopping energy production: "Do you know we are producing significantly more oil in this country now than when

Source: Eric Kleefeld reporting on 2012 Virginia Senate debate Dec 7, 2011

Tim Kaine: We are producing more energy than ever; find alternatives

George was a senator? We are producing significantly more natural gas in this country now than when George was a senator. We are exporting more refined oil in this country now than when George was a senator. The notion that we have to unleash everything--hey, it's happening right now, and that's great." Kaine said that the Bush tax cuts should expire for the highest income brackets. "These tax cuts were put in place in 2003--Allen was the deciding vote for them to be put in place," said Kaine. "They were put in place temporarily. And the reason they were made temporary, is because if you made them permanent, they were going to absolutely bust the deficit. And that's exactly what has happened--along with voting for expansions of entitlement programs, voting for wars without figuring out how to fund
Source: Eric Kleefeld reporting on 2012 Virginia Senate debate Dec 7, 2011

Robert Sarvis: Humans cause climate change, but don't regulate CO2

Q: Do you support state regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?

A: No.

Q: Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?

A: No.

Q: Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?

A: No.

Q: Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?

A: No.

Source: Virginia State Legislative 2011 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2011

Natalie Tennant: Responsible development of Marcellus shale

Q: Marcellus shale regulation will remain a major topic of interest. What are the key issues you see?

A: One, I'm frustrated, as are many West Virginians, that it was addressed but not a solution found in the legislative session. I'm disappointed [because] folks talk about it being a game changer and a gold mine underneath West Virginia. What we need to be able to do is have responsible development. And what I mean by responsible development, if there's more regulations that need to be in play in terms of serving the communities and making sure the communities are strong in which you're having the drilling, that the environment is addressed, the water is kept safe and the roads are in good shape as they were when the drilling started. The other aspect comes with the Innovation 20/20 fund--to see some of that money from the severance tax be used for technology and math education to building up our communities in which they were drilled and for really diversifying our economy.

Source: The Register-Herald: West Virginia gubernatorial profiles Apr 25, 2011

Ken Cuccinelli: Opposes tailpipe emission rules for CO2 reductions

Cuccinelli said on Jan. 17th, 2011 in a speech to Tea Party activists, that EPA tailpipe emissions rules, "if fully implemented with all the regulations that go with it, they will keep the temperature from rising nearly 5/100 of a degree Fahrenheit. By 2050."

Only 0.05 degrees by 2050? Is that really what the EPA was claiming these rules would do? The EPA's massive document on greenhouse gas emission standards, page 4-101, said: "EPA modeled the anticipated potential effect on climate change and found that in year 2100, the rule would reduce temperature increases by 0.006-0.015 degrees Celsius," based on pushing fuel efficiency from 33.8 mpg up to 39.5 mpg.

Those Celsius figures translate to a range from 0.011 to 0.027 degrees Fahrenheit. He actually erred in the agency's favor by overstating the size of projected reductions. He also missed the date, but again erred in the EPA's favor. Because his mistakes were minor and in the EPA's favor, we rate his claim as True.

Source: PolitiFact.com on 2013 Virginia governor debates Jan 28, 2011

Joe Manchin III: No regulation of greenhouse gases by EPA

Gov. Joe Manchin today applauded the efforts of Sen. Jay Rockefeller for his recent support to seek legislation regarding the regulation of greenhouse gases and for supporting the "Resolution of Disapproval," initiated by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The governor believes that support of the Murkowski resolution is critical to have a viable future in energy and job sustainability, and that the EPA's actions to impose regulations on greenhouse gases could have dire effects on our economy if enacted.
Source: West Virginia 2010 gubernatorial press release Jun 9, 2010

John Rockefeller: No regulation of greenhouse gases by EPA

Gov. Joe Manchin today applauded the efforts of Sen. Jay Rockefeller for his recent support to seek legislation regarding the regulation of greenhouse gases and for supporting the "Resolution of Disapproval," initiated by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The governor believes that support of the Murkowski resolution is critical to have a viable future in energy and job sustainability, and that the EPA's actions to impose regulations on greenhouse gases could have dire effects on our economy if enacted.
Source: 2010 West Virginia gubernatorial press release Jun 9, 2010

Lisa Murkowski: No regulation of greenhouse gases by EPA

Gov. Joe Manchin today applauded the efforts of Sen. Jay Rockefeller for his recent support to seek legislation regarding the regulation of greenhouse gases and for supporting the "Resolution of Disapproval," initiated by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The governor believes that support of the Murkowski resolution is critical to have a viable future in energy and job sustainability, and that the EPA's actions to impose regulations on greenhouse gases could have dire effects on our economy if enacted.
Source: 2010 West Virginia gubernatorial press release Jun 9, 2010

Joe Manchin III: Stand up for our coal miners and their families

WV ranks second in the nation in exporting electricity, and most of our coal and natural gas is sent out of state. Despite the fact that half of our nation's electricity is generated by coal, and that our national economy depends on this abundant, reliable and affordable energy, some want to villainize this resource. We must continue to stand up for our coal miners and their families! We are not asking for a handout. All we're asking for is the permission to work!

We are reaching new and better ways to use our coal. There is a balance to be had between our economy and our environment and West Virginia is leading the way in finding that balance. The world's first successful carbon capture and sequestration project is at AEP's Mountaineer Power Plant. And plans are moving ahead on a coal-to-liquids project that will use state-of-the-art cleaner coal technology. Through this technology, West Virginia coal will be our primary energy source as we make the transition to the fuels of the future.

Source: West Virginia 2010 State of the State Address Jan 13, 2010

Bob McDonnell: Cultivate green energy and renewables

Currently, Virginia is the second largest importer of electricity behind California. This is unacceptable. Green energy must be cultivated to make it commercially practical and affordable. Renewables will certainly play an integral role in our energy future, but now we must take a comprehensive approach. We must create an environment to keep a ready supply of low cost energy. Our economy and quality of life depend on it.
Source: 2009 Virginia Gubernatorial campaign site, bobmcdonnell.com Nov 3, 2009

Bob McDonnell: Opposes cap-and-trade as congressional encroachment

McDonnell said Virginia needs a governor who would resist congressional encroachment, citing the cap-and-trade proposal to limit greenhouse emissions and "card-check" legislation backed by labor.

"I tell you, whether it's a Republican or Democratic Congress, it doesn't make any difference to me," McDonnell said. "As governor of Virginia, if there are policies generated at the federal level that are bad for Virginia, kill jobs and hurt our business & hurt our citizens, I will stand up against them."

Source: Washington Post coverage: 2009 Virginia gubernatorial debate Jul 25, 2009

Bob McDonnell: Drill for oil 50 miles offshore, environmentally safely

Both candidates focus on transportation. "Transportation's going to be the first year's work I've got as governor because I'm convinced that's the way we can create the most jobs, generate the most wealth, create the most revenue to get things started," says Democrat Deeds.

Republican McDonnell thinks transportation is important as well, which is why he says he supports off shore drilling. "Fifty miles off coast. Environmentally friendly. Safe in a way that generates billions in capital investment. Thousands of new jobs. Hundreds of millions in royalties & tax revenue. And I want to put that money into transportation & alternative energy research," says McDonnell.

Following a public outcry due to the recent closing of rest areas, both candidates have vowed to reopen them if elected. Deeds says they're a necessity. "If we're going to have a law that says you can only drive a truck for 10 hours in a 24-hour period, we're going to have to provide places to pull over and rest," says Deeds.

Source: WHSV-TV-3 coverage: 2009 Virginia gubernatorial debate Jul 25, 2009

Creigh Deeds: No cap-and-trade during recession

McDonnell said Virginia needs a governor who would resist congressional encroachment, citing the cap-and-trade proposal to limit greenhouse emissions and "card-check" legislation backed by labor. Deeds said he would oppose cap-and-trade legislation if it would result in higher energy costs during a recession, a position that could trouble environmentalists in his party.
Source: Washington Post coverage: 2009 Virginia gubernatorial debate Jul 25, 2009

Bob McDonnell: All-of-the-above approach: coal, oil, nuclear, & renewables

We have the unprecedented opportunity to be the leading energy producing state on the East Coast and Bob McDonnell will spend four years making that happen. Bob McDonnell's plan for "More Energy, More Jobs" takes an "all of the above" approach to solving our energy crisis. His administration will continue to support the traditional sources of energy that provide thousands of jobs for Virginians and help keep our electricity costs fairly low. He will also expand investments in renewable energy sources and incentivize green job creation so that the future of Virginia remains bright.

Bob McDonnell supports the safe offshore exploration and drilling of oil and natural gas which could, over a 10-year period, create 2,578 new jobs.

He will continue to support Virginia's coal and nuclear industry to ensure affordable, reliable energy now.

Bob will push for expedited permitting and approval processes for energy facilities so that energy sources can be brought online faster.

Source: 2009 Virginia Gubernatorial campaign site, bobmcdonnell.com Jul 21, 2009

Creigh Deeds: Focus on energy independence and reducing carbon emission

Creigh has a plan to make Virginia a leader in the new energy economy through targeted investments and a commitment to energy-based research.

Creigh's focus is on creating jobs in the new energy economy, establishing energy independence and reducing carbon emission. With a comprehensive approach to energy, targeted investments today, and a commitment to energy research, we can increase our energy independence and move towards a cleaner energy future. Our energy plan also tackles issues surrounding transportation and the built environment by looking at the electrification of transportation, additional mass transportation capacity, and green technologies.

From his experiences at Douthat State Park-where he was a summer ranger in his youth-to his fight to clean up the Kim-Stan Landfill, Creigh has been a leader in preserving the environment.

Source: 2009 Gubernatorial campaign website www.deedsforvirginia.com Jul 21, 2009

Ed Gillespie: Democrats' energy policy is an attack on our quality of life

DaimlerChrysler paid more than $1 million to Gillespie's lobbying firm, Quinn-Gillespie, which lobbied heavily against any increase in fuel-efficiency standards for gas-guzzling light trucks and SUVs. Gillespie declared, "The Democrats' approach to energy policy is an attack on our quality of life."
Source: Public Citizen Congress Watch on 2014 Virginia Senate race Jun 1, 2003

Bob Wise: Renew 5-cent gas tax to pay for road-building

We’re going to continue to build roads in West Virginia. Our Congressional delegation has worked overtime to secure funding for Corridor H and Corridor D. And we will complete these roads, and others crucial to our future.

To keep our road building plans moving, I will ask you to renew the 5-cent gas tax. This is not a new tax, but simply continues an existing tax, and that $55 million is necessary to keep our road program going.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to West Virginia Legislature Feb 14, 2001

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