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Earl Ray Tomblin on Energy & Oil

 


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

I fight against the EPA to protect energy jobs

If the federal EPA adopts emission standards for coal and oil-fired electric utility stream generating units next month, WV could have a net loss of 38,500 jobs in the coming years.

West Virginians need reliable and cost efficient energy in a healthy environment. An adjustment is clearly needed for the EPA to review over 20,000 public comments submitted in response to its proposed rulemaking. If adopted in its current form, the regulation is expected to result in 1.44 million job losses nationwide.

Source: 2011 gubernatorial press release, "EPA" , Oct 12, 2011

We should be looking for more ways to use coal, not less

We all know that coal keeps the lights on. But we cannot forget--or let others ignore--that it is vital to the economic security of our country to utilize West Virginia's natural resources. In these tough economic times, we should be looking for more way to use coal, not less. It is hard to understand why some people want to turn their back on and vilify such an important resource that has such potential--and a proven track record--for our country.

Do not misunderstand my message--the fact that coal ha such a positive impact does not mean that we should turn a blind eye to safety or environmental concerns. I firmly believe that we can mine coal in an environmentally safe manner. And, I firmly believe that we will develop ways to burn coal in a carbon- friendly manner.

I intend to aggressively pursue our State's lawsuit against the EPA. We should be working together to solve our nation's energy problems--not taking dogmatic approaches that turn a blind eye to any form of reasonable regulation.

Source: 2011 W.V. State of the State Address , Jan 12, 2011

Develop natural gas from the Marcellus Shale

West Virginia's economic future lies not only in its continued use of coal as a resource. Lying just a mile below the surface of much of our State is a rock formation called the Marcellus Shale. This formation is rich in natural gas and new technology and techniques have made access possible for the oil and gas industry.

The development of the Marcellus Shale formation for natural gas production is an economic development opportunity for the State, and we need to embrace it! Billions of dollars of private capital have already been invested in this activity and with it has come many jobs.

For example, today Dominion announced its intention to build a natural gas processing facility. This project will allow for significant development opportunities in West Virginia. And it is not only about the production of natural gas. The development of the Marcellus Shale has the potential to restart the manufacturing industry in West Virginia. It is an opportunity that we simply cannot let go by.

Source: 2011 W.V. State of the State Address , Jan 12, 2011

Letter to Congress supporting renewable energy tax credit.

Tomblin signed American Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit Extension

Congressional Summary:Amends the Internal Revenue Code to extend through 2016 the tax credit for electricity produced from wind, biomass, geothermal or solar energy, landfill gas, trash, hydropower, and marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy facilities.

Proponent's Comments (Governor's Wind Energy Coalition letter of Nov. 15, 2011 signed by 23 governors):Although the tax credit for wind energy has long enjoyed bipartisan support, it is scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2012. Wind-related manufacturing is beginning to slow in our states because the credit has not yet been extended. If Congress pursues a last minute approach to the extension, the anticipated interruption of the credit's benefits will result in a significant loss of high-paying jobs in a growing sector of the economy. We strongly urge Congress to adopt a more consistent and longer-term federal tax policy to support wind energy development, such as H.R. 3307.

The leading wind project developers and manufacturers are slowing their plans for 2013 and beyond due to the current uncertainty. The ripple effect of this slow down means reduced orders for turbines and decreased business for the hundreds of manufacturers who have entered the wind industry in our states. When Congress allowed the tax credit to expire in 1999, 2001, and 2003, the development of new wind installations dropped significantly, between 73% and 93%, and thousands of jobs were lost. Providing renewable energy tax credits in order to provide consistency with conventional energy tax credits is the right policy to move the nation forward in an energy sector that offers global export opportunities and the ability to modernize a segment of our electric production infrastructure.

Source: H.R.3307 11-H3307 on Nov 2, 2011

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WV Senatorial:
Joe Manchin III
Shelley Moore Capito

Newly seated 2013:
IN: Mike Pence (R)
NC: Pat McCrory (R)
NH: Maggie Hassan (D)
MT: Steve Bullock (D)
WA: Jay Inslee (D)

Re-elected 2012:
DE: Jack Markell (D)
MO: Jay Nixon (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
UT: Gary Herbert (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WV: Earl Ray Tomblin (D)

Up for election 2013:
NJ-R: Chris Christie
NJ-D: Barbara Buono
VA: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe
Up for re-election 2014:
AK: Sean Parnell
AL: Robert Bentley
AR: Mike Beebe
AZ: Jan Brewer
CA: Jerry Brown
CO: John Hickenlooper
CT: Dan Malloy
FL: Rick Scott
GA: Nathan Deal
HI: Neil Abercrombie
IA: Terry Branstad
ID: Butch Otter
IL: Pat Quinn
KS: Sam Brownback
MA: Deval Patrick
MD: Martin O'Malley
ME: Paul LePage
MI: Rick Snyder
MN: Mark Dayton
NH: Maggie Hassan
NM: Susana Martinez
NV: Brian Sandoval
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OK: Mary Fallin
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