Guest Post – Del. Hugo
As a member of the Virginia Coal and Energy Commission, I am deeply concerned about the various proposals being offered in the United States Senate, which is attempting to address the issue of climate change.
The utility based “cap and trade” legislation or other legislation being offered that hinders utility companies ability to produce energy, would have a devastating impact on Virginia families and businesses that rely on affordable coal-based energy. Small and large businesses across Virginia rely on affordable electricity to keep operating costs low. For example, The American Power Act introduce by Senator Kerry and Senator Lieberman would drastically increase energy bills for Virginia families and industry, increase unemployment, and the fact remains that many of these bills do little to actually address the supposed goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
A federal climate change policy that recognizes the unbreakable link between economic growth and prosperity, energy security and environmental objectives must be the cornerstone of the ongoing debate in the Senate over the next several days.
Congress can and should work to achieve a meaningful energy policy that encourages the continued funding, research demonstration and deployment of carbon capture and storage and other clean coal technologies. Additionally, any federal policy enacted by Congress should promote energy independence and security for Virginia, as well as America, by fully utilizing our most abundant energy resource – coal.
Without careful consideration of the consequences these changes could have a very damaging effect on our current economic situation here in Virginia and across the Country.
Delegate Tim Hugo