Coal county blogger endorses Brian Moran for Governor

Neal Osborne

Virginia currently has a voluntary goal of getting 12% of the state’s power from renewable energy sources by 2025. Terry McAuliffe said recently he wants the 12% to be mandatory, not voluntary. Creigh Deeds recently joined Governor Kaine in supporting an increase to 15%. Brian Moran has the better plan.

Moran is pushing for Virginia to get 25% of its energy from renewable resources by 2025.

Virginia is one of only five states with voluntary standards. If Virginia enacts Brian Moran’s plan, it will join the ranks of New York, Illionois, Maine, and others as one of the most environmentally friendly states. I wholeheartedly support this initiative.

As a Southwest Virginian, coal is a part of my life whether I realize it daily or not. So it’s understandably difficult to admit that eventually, we have to move away from coal. What will Southwest Virginia replace it with to keep our economy moving? One likely route is tourism. We have beautiful mountains and lakes. If our land and water is polluted and damaged, our tourism industry will take a hit before it is even out of its infancy stages.

Southwest Virginia, and indeed Virginia as a whole, needs a truly environmentally progressive governor, and that’s why I’m voting for Brian Moran.

It speaks volumes that someone from a coal county is responding to an environmental message. It makes me think that Gore really got through to people.

Boucher has changed his committee assignments to give him more power to shape broadband policies, and that is the future for Appalachia, not coal.

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