Energy production has been crucial to Southwest Virginia's economy for generations. Throughout my service in the House, I have been committed to an all-of-the-above energy approach that allows us to create jobs and produce reliable and affordable energy. That includes working to reinstate the coal tax credit and supporting opportunities for hydroelectric pumped storage facilities.
This commonsense approach is in stark contrast to the extreme agenda on full display in Richmond this year. While my colleagues and I are working to harness all resources available to us, including coal, Democrats in Virginia pushed their own version of the Green New Deal by trying to abolish all fossil fuels. This would devastate our economy, particularly at a time when we have seen the first increase in Virginia coal jobs since 2013.
The Green New Deal is an extreme energy proposal introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Among other things, the proposal calls for "meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources." The cost of the regulations in this plan? $1 trillion.
Fortunately, our slim Republican majority was able to defeat the legislation introduced here at home. Virginians deserve energy policy that protects our interests, not the Green New Deal political agenda being pushed by those in D.C. and New York.
2019 has shown us, perhaps more than ever before, that elections have consequences. As this legislation demonstrates, we are only one election away from potentially having a complete ban on fossil fuels in the Commonwealth. Who would pay the biggest price for that? Our families, our businesses, and our region.
I'm running for State Senate in the 40th district on my record of standing up for our jobs and working to promote growth and innovation. I believe we need to keep SWVA the energy capital of the Commonwealth and with your support, that's what I'll continue to work toward.
If you live in the 40th Senate District, I ask for your vote for the Republican nomination at the mass meeting on Thursday, April 25th in Gate City at the Scott County Career & Technical Center (150 Broadwater Avenue). Registration opens at 5:30pm and the meeting begins at 6:30pm. Please contact us at (276) 220-1209 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested or have questions.