Moran Vows to Stop New Coal Plant
Brian J. Moran, a Democratic candidate for governor, vowed today he will stop the construction of a proposed coal fired power plant in Surry County if he is elected governor.
Moran advisors say he is the first candidate for governor in modern times to oppose a new coal fired power plant, a further indication that Moran plans to aggressively pursue support from environmentalists. Moran said the plant, which has been proposed by Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, will contribute to global warming and harm the Chesapeake Bay.
"As a candidate for governor, it is important to know where the next governor will stand on important issues," Moran said a press conference this morning in front of the Department of Environmental Quality Office in Richmond. "We should be investing and developing clean sources of energy."
The announcement marked Moran's third major environmental initiative in three weeks. Moran has also announced his opposition to drilling off Virginia's coastline and unveiled plans to mandate that 25 percent of the state's energy needs come from renewable sources by 2025.
Last year, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) and state officials gave the green light to a new coal fired power plant in Wise County, despite fierce opposition from environmentalists. Moran refused to say whether he agrees with the construction of that plant, which is being built by Dominion Power, a major donor to Virginia political candidates.
Moran was flanked by representatives from the Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Environment Virginia. But Moran's aggressive stance against coal could hinder his ability to win votes in Southwest Virginia in the general election if he is the Democratic nominee.
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