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Gilmore Signs Energy Pledge

Anita Kumar

Former governor James S. Gilmore III, a candidate for U.S. Senate, today signed the American Conservative Union's energy freedom pledge that confirms his opposition to a national ban on offshore oil and gas drilling.

Gilmore agreed to "support efforts to increase domestic energy production which will provide for American's future energy needs and make the U.S. less dependent on foreign sources of energy".

"During these tough economic times, never has America's need to tap into its vast resources of oil and natural gas been clearer," Gilmore said. "Doing so would not only set the course for energy independence, but would create thousands of jobs right here in the U.S and in Virginia."

By Anita Kumar  |  October 23, 2008; 2:05 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner  
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The Commonwealth of Virginia has high levels of ozone pollution, particulate matter pollution and toxic chemical pollution in the air we breath. This has caused thousands of children to develop chronic asthma that will last their lifetimes. Ozone causes permanant lung damage in even the healthiest people. It comes from car exhaust and gas vapors from pumping gas into cars.

Gov. Gilmore's pledge to burn more carbon-based fuels is a recipe for bad health for all Virginians. He would rather hurt our children than address the real need conserve energy and reduce air pollution.

This is the governor who ransacked our department of transportation and eliminated any hope for mass transit and energy efficient ways to provide energy.

Electing Governor Drillmore will guarantee that children and adults will suffer pain. Do we need him in the US Senate? Heck no.

Posted by: thuff7 | October 23, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

You would never know by reading the Post or Washpost.com that there is another branch of government in the US. Nowhere on the website can I find which candidates are seeking election to the US Congress for the 1st Congressional District in Virginia, my district. Or any other district.

Instead, I now know this: "WJLA in Washington reported tonight that GOP presidential nominee John McCain's brother, Joe, apparently called Alexandria's 911 emergency system earlier this week to complain about traffic."

I also know plenty about politics in Bolivia from page A1 and all about Sarah Palin's wardrobe in the Style section. Shouldn't I know who may represent my family and me in our government? Isn't that infinitely more important?

Seriously, the writers and editors at the Post need to pull out and dust off their copies of the US Constitution and review Article 1. Maybe it will remind them that the US Congress has a role to play in the way our government deals with all matters, foreign and domestic.

*Article 1, Section 8: The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; To borrow money on the credit of the United States; To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes; To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States; To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;*

Yet it is still called "the Bush Tax Cut" the "Paulson bailout plan," and the presidential candidates are arguing which one of them will raise the most taxes. This is insane.

Aren't the duties spelled out in Article 1, Sec. 8 the most important functions for the public to consider in the current economic crisis? Why is it that the race for the president is focused on these issues and not the races for Congress? There is nothing there in the Post to even suggest that Congress has the ultimate say in resolving the financial crisis?

This isn't about covering local elections, this is about covering the federal government.

This is mind boggling.

Posted by: thuff7 | October 24, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

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