Moran Continues to Go Green
Former delegate Brian Moran, a Democratic candidate for governor, released an ambitious plan to create tens of thousands of new jobs by positioning Virginia as a leader in efforts to protect the environment.
At an event in Norfolk, which was followed by a conference call with reporters, Moran called for a major expansion of wind and solar power. As governor, Moran said he would also push to require that 25 percent of the state's energy comes from renewable sources by 2025 and offer extensive incentives to companies and individuals who invest in green buildings and high-mileage vehicles. He also proposed the creation of The Center for Green Technology to "jumpstart" university research and help launch energy technology parks.
"It certainly will be the most progressive, innovative job creating plan you will see in this campaign," said Moran, who later added, "The connection between energy and our economy has never been so profound."
Instead of allowing drilling off Virginia's coast, Moran said he wants to place windmills offshore to generate more electricity. Moran, who opposes a new coal-fired power plant proposed for Surry County, said windmills can also be constructed in Southwest Virginia.
Moran, who is facing Sen. R. Creigh Deeds and Terry McAuliffe in the June 9 primary, has been trying hard in recent weeks to position himself as the biggest advocate for the environment in the race.
January 29, 2009; 2:35 PM ET
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