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McDonnell withdraws from wind energy coalition

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell said this week that he recently withdrew his support from the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition after the group sent out a letter expressing support for a national renewable electricity standard with his name without his permission.

"They sent out a letter with my name on it that I didn't approve, never saw. That's the problem,'' McDonnell said. "Secondly, the contents of the letter said that all the governors that were signatories were supportive of a mandatory (renewable energy standard) that I am not. So that's the problem."

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar met Atlantic Coast governors in February to talk about wind energy and McDonnell joined his wind energy consortium.

"I really want to pursue wind energy,'' McDonnell said. "I think it's a great option for us here in Virginia. We have some of the highest quality winds anywhere in the country. Virginia Beach is supportive of it. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to have -- when you get the infrastructure paid -- a no-cost source of energy but it's going to take a lot of regulatory work to get it done. I'm 100 percent behind quickly exploring the possibility of getting a wind farm off the coast of Virginia Beach."

As the United States searches for ways to lessen its dependency on foreign oil, wind energy is getting a second look in states such as Virginia that had not embraced it.

McDonnell said he supports a voluntary -- not mandatory -- renewable energy standard.

"What I don't want is one, people sending out letters without my approval that say I'm supporting something that I'm not so that's the problem,'' he said. "They very apologetic. They know they did it."

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By Anita Kumar  |  April 6, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Comments

For the 'real' reason McDonnell withdrew from the Wind Energy Coalition, see this YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbs4IJo4lHY&feature=player_embedded

It messed with The Hair.

Posted by: jeffersonian1 | April 6, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

He didn't want the oil lobby to yank their money from him.

Posted by: jckdoors | April 6, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

who is gonna buy all that filthy, polluting, birth defect causing oil when there is free solar and wind energy in abundance? mcdummy needs keep the price of oil high for his pals

Posted by: MarilynManson | April 6, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"who is gonna buy all that filthy, polluting, birth defect causing oil when there is free solar and wind energy in abundance?"

No doubt. There are wind farms and solar farms, can you send me a link to where I can get the free energy? I've tried sticking my vacuum outside, it's both sunny and windy, but it ain't working. Help Please! Thanks in advance.

Posted by: permagrin | April 6, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Does Virginia have a recall option?

Posted by: jimscar815 | April 6, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to McDonnell. Any excuse to drop phony green energy garbage is a good one.

Posted by: jy151310 | April 6, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Soldiers are dying in the field because of our involvement in the Middle East and our reliance on Middle East Oil. Coal companies are allowing their own Miners to work in dangerous conditions which could easily have been prevented but they choose to allow them to die so they can make more profit. Coal companies are polluting and poisoning local communities all in the name of selling Coal for 8 cents a kw/h. Cheap coal is killing people everywhere and is inhibiting our growth as a nation. The sooner we develop our Offshore Wind, Biomass, Biofuels, Distributed Solar, Nuclear, stationary Fuel Cell, Geothermal and Hydro resources the sooner we create Jobs, and improve both our Economic and National Security.

Posted by: liveride | April 7, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

It may be that he's afraid wind farms will suck up all the wind energy, thus preventing the stars & bars from flying fully.
(irony)

He's upset because he joined a consortium & the consortium issued an opinion?

Line-item control freak.

Posted by: afreeman3 | April 7, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

There are widespread fears about the U.S. losing its ‘green’ touch. Figures for the previous year indicate China is fast emerging as the planet’s new renewable energy powerhouse. Not only did it replace the U.S. as the largest spender on clean energy in 2009 (for the first time in five years), but China is also the current world leader in the production of solar panels and installation of wind turbines (studies by the Pew Charitable Trusts).


Read More: http://greenorbz.com/green-energy-articles/should-the-us-compete-or-work-with-china-on-clean-energy/

Posted by: rubrik1978 | April 8, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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