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Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s Energy Plan For Virginia Jobs and Families—just like his economic plan— is squarely focused on job creation, economic growth and reducing costly burdens, especially for lower and middle-income families and consumers. The plan employs an all-of-the-above energy strategy to enable job creators to responsibly capitalize on the Commonwealth’s vast energy resources in order to create jobs and keep energy prices manageable for consumers.
While newer sources of energy— such as natural gas, nuclear and renewables—are core components of the plan, the Attorney General continues to believe that coal and other more traditional resources are essential to a sound energy policy for Virginia businesses and consumers. Cuccinelli’s decision to unveil his plan in Southwest Virginia reflects his consistent belief that Virginia’s coal industry is not just a key part of Virginia’s history, but also its future.
The Attorney General firmly believes Virginia can pursue a pro-growth, all-of-the-above energy policy while maintaining responsible and vigilant stewardship of our environment.
The Energy Plan for Virginia Jobs and Families includes the following proposals:
- Reduce excessive regulation so that more energy resources can be explored and developed and more high-paying jobs can be created;
- Prevent excessive energy taxes that could destroy jobs, cost consumers, and restrict development of the Commonwealth’s natural resources;
- Fight for Virginia’s right to responsibly explore our abundant offshore energy resources, and streamline related regulations so quality jobs can be created in the immediate term;
- Reform or eliminate failed clean energy programs, such as the Renewable Portfolio Standard bonuses, in order to harness private-sector innovation and prevent the government from picking winners and losers;
- Ensure consumers’ interests regarding price and reliability of electricity are being fully served regardless of the type of electric utility (investor-owned, municipal or cooperative) that currently serves them;
- Protect the environment, while balancing this protection with the critical need to increase energy production, improve and modernize energy technology, and bolster job creation;
- Remove barriers to the timely installation and modernization of critical infrastructure;
- Require Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality to consider and report on positive indirect effects of proposals, such as making Virginia more competitive for job creation, reducing congestion, improving power consumption efficiency, and increasing the ability of Virginians to afford higher standards of living;
- Oppose federal overreach in the energy and environment sphere, such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) effort to treat water like a pollutant;
- Balance conservation with taxpayer costs in government programs such as fleet modernization and LEED certification of government buildings;
- Advance opportunities for state government fleet vehicles to utilize cleaner and cheaper natural gas in a cost effective manner, and move away from the wasteful and harmful use of ethanol;
- Analyze whether public provision of natural gas filling stations in areas of Virginia that do not meet federal air quality standards may be a way to meet environmental goals in a cost effective manner;
- Request all available waivers to opt Virginia out of federal ethanol fuel requirements;
- Support development of a wide range of alternative and clean power options, including nuclear, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, without relying on government subsidies, and encourage research in clean coal technology.