Grundy, VA – On Friday, George Allen was traveling throughout Southwest Virginia, listening to the concerns and ideas of hard-working people and highlighting his strong support for coal jobs even as Tim Kaine campaigns with President Obama.
Norton, George Allen toured the Carbonite plant, which produces a
clean-coal product that can be used for steel production and other
applications. Allen has been a long-time advocate for Virginia coal
jobs, championing investment in coal-powered technologies and
facilities. He supports unleashing Virginia’s energy resources from our
coalfields to our coast by reining in EPA regulations that are hurting
families, allowing Virginia to explore for energy off our coast and
championing clean coal technologies.
contrast, Tim Kaine today is campaigning as an “unabashed” supporter of
President Obama, whose policies are waging an assault on coal and
diminishing jobs and opportunities for Virginia families. Kaine supports
President Obama’s job-destroying Cap-and-Trade energy tax scheme that
would virtually outlaw coal for generating electricity, cause enormous
job losses, and according to President Obama, make electricity prices
“necessarily skyrocket”. Tim Kaine has stood by as President Obama and
their Washington allies cheer the EPA’s plan for even more regulations
to prevent new coal-fired plants.
President Obama’s EPA is over-regulating CO2 emissions in an effort to
shut down coal-fired power plants and prevent new ones from creating
much-needed jobs and affordable, reliable electricity. Virginians are
presently feeling the adverse effects of these policies that hurt
families through lost jobs and high energy costs. As Dickenson County
Supervisor Gary Hall said today, "Southwest Virginia lives or dies on
the outcome of this election.
anti-coal agenda of Tim Kaine and President Obama will turn Southwest
Virginia coalfield communities into ghost towns,” said George Allen.
“Coal is America’s most plentiful energy resource that powers our
economy in Virginia and throughout the nation. I believe we ought to be
using coal as cleanly and creatively as possible. So many jobs in
Virginia are affected by coal – from the coal mine workers and suppliers
to railroads to coal-empowered communities - including their small
businesses, families and schools. I am committed to being the voice of
hardworking men and women who want to stop an unelected EPA from issuing
regulations that will prohibit the use of our plentiful American
Allen also met with local residents, students and small business owners
today in Pound, Clintwood, Grundy, Cedar Bluff and Tazewell County. For
more information on George Allen’s plans to unleash our American energy
resources, read his Blueprint for America’s Comeback.