Guest Post – Del. Hugo

By Too Conservative

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
R-Centreville


Comments

  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    I thought Reid has already pulled cap and trade legislation? What gives? Not reading the news these days Delegate Hugo? Sad but true – the coal industry lobby has already won this fight.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    not following the ability of people to say “look over there!” and then ram things through anyway Eric?

    It ain’t over till its over.

  • BlackOut says:

    Is this post about politics or policy?

  • edmundburkenator says:

    “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.”
    .
    What is your proposal specifically? How much do you want to fund? How much for carbon capture? Define “clean” in “clean coal”. Do you support solar (which a recent report suggests has just passed nuclear in cost-effectiveness) in any way?
    .
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/27/business/global/27iht-renuke.html?_r=1

  • seems reasonable says:

    I did a quick check on Hugo’s legislation and found that he has sponsored and passed legislation on net-metering and wind. Seems to me that Hugo is just saying coal is, and should be, a necessary component to our Country’s energy policy.

    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?101+sum+HB1022
    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?071+sum+HB2708

  • seems reasonable says:

    I did a quick check on Hugo’s legislation and found that he has sponsored and passed legislation on net-metering and wind. Seems to me that Hugo is just saying coal is, and should be, a necessary component to our Country’s energy policy.

    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?101+sum+HB1022
    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?071+sum+HB2708

  • enviroman says:

    Wow – this man is a member of the Va Energy and Coal Commission! I hope it doesn’t actually do anything. His ignorance is as outstanding as his rhetoric is overblown!

    1. Doesn’t he realize that the utilities are in favor of cap and trade? see http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-26/utility-companies-just-exhausted-after-defeat-on-cap-and-trade-measure.html

    2. Doesn’t he realize that cap and trade is the free market approach to “deployment of carbon capture and storage and other clean coal technologies”?

    Everything that is worthwhile has its costs. The Clean Air Act (cap and trade that worked! from G. Bush, the smarter (cheap shot!), the cleanup and protection of our rivers and waterways over the last 40 years, and every great thing the federal government has done (and that individual states could not do), has its costs, but the alternative of doing nothing would have meant a poorer world. Personally I like the fact that you can kayak and fish in the Potomac these days. I’d like to be able to eat oysters from the Chesapeake again. Any opposition to legislation simply because it has costs or because it requires federal action shows an ignorance of history, or a cynical misstatement of it.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Mr. Hugo, are you interested in responding? Or is this just free (or maybe not free) space you used to get a note out?

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