GOP Energy Plans
Under a Bob McDonnell adminstration, Virginia would be the first state on the eastern seaboard to drill for oil and natural gas 50 miles off the coast, when the feds allow it starting in 2011.
The Commonwealth would also be the first in the country to build a nuclear reactor in more than a decade, a facility that will go to Lake Anna.
The state would promote its coal industry, plus pursue renewable resources like wind and chicken manure as energy sources.
It's all a part of the more is more energy strategy unveiled today by Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling.
The Democratic candidates have been heavily focused on plans to build a so-called green economy with jobs in new energy sources, like wind, solar, even chicken manure. They have parted ways with one another over a proposed new coal plant in Surry Virginia--Moran opposes it; Sen. Creigh Deeds' spokesman has said coal should remain on the table. Terry McAullife has said he awaits a study of the plant's potential environmental impact.
Moran has also opposed any drilling off Virginia's coast, a topic he and McAuliffe have clashed over because the former DNC head believes in exploring for natural gas, though not oil, 50 miles off the coast.
McDonnell said new tax revenues from oil and gas drilling off Virginia's coast could be used to fund transportation improvements and research initiatives into new energy sources. He also wants to offer $500 per job tax incentive for businesses that create Green jbos.
The argument here is basically, with Republicans, you get everything the Dems are offering and more.
In a conference call with reporters, McDonnell accused Democrats of being "beholden to certain idealogies during a primary race"
"They ignore coal, they've opposed off-shore drilling, they ignore nuclear energy," he said. "Our point is we need it all. We need a comprehensive solution for decades to come."
Going forward, Dems will likely have a lot to say about the potential environmental impacts of this plan.
April 27, 2009; 1:42 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman
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