Brian Moran draws fire for principled stand against Surry plant
No matter which Democrat you support for Governor, I think we can all agree that growing business responsibly and protecting natural resources are a big part of the job. But in typical fashion, the Virginia GOP Caucus would have us all believe that up is down, black is white, the Iraqi War made us all safer, "coal is a natural resource that has not been linked to any environmental harm", and that opposition to the Mega-Surry coal fired plant is "trying to skirt alternative energy".
Alternative energy?!? Did I miss a meeting?!? When did coal become a "a clean burning alternative fuel source." ?!? http://vagopcaucus.blogspot.com/2009/01/is-moran-trying-to-skirt-alterna...
Brian Moran, like a 72% majority of Virginians polled, believes that immediate action is needed to address the issue of global warming. Apparently, the GOP would like to ignore scientific data showing that coal emits around 1.7 times as much carbon per unit of energy when burned as does natural gas and 1.25 times as much as oil. Coal contains about 80 percent more carbon per unit of energy than gas does. A metric ton of carbon equals about 10,000 miles of driving at 25 miles per gallon of gasoline or about one year of home heating using a natural gas-fired furnace or about four months of electricity from coal-fired generation.
From the Chesapeake Climate Action Network,
"At a time when a majority of Virginians believe that action is required on climate change we have Old Dominion Electric Cooperative ignoring both public opinion and climate science to propose a massive new coal plant," said Kathy Selvage with Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards. "It's not just about climate change; as a resident of Wise County I see the devastation of mountaintop removal coal mining every day. We've lost 29 mountains already," noted Selvage.
The GOP also scoffs at the notion that there's any link between the proposed coal plant and the Chesapeake Bay. Surely no harm could come from dropping a power plant so close to the Chesapeake Bay watershed? (Hint:Local pollution of methane, sulfur and NOX can be expected to increase, per CCAN) And I'm sure the mercury pumping from coal stacks won't jeopardize our billion dollar commercial fishing industry in Virginia, although acidification and mercury levels have all ready killed or made inedible the fish of over 50,000 waterways in the United States.
On what basis does the VA GOP Caucus suggest that Brian Moran should have kept his mouth shut and gone along with the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative?
"this might cause Moran to lose a few votes in Southwest Virginia" King Coal (R-Virginia)
On the contrary, Brian is joined in opposition to this short sighted and destructive project by Appalachian Voices, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light, Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards, Southern Environmental Law Center, and Sierra Club.
Of course, people in Surry want responsible business development and good jobs. Contrary to what the GOP thinks, they're just not willing to trade their home, health, and future to get them. By attacking Brian Moran on this issue, the GOP has once again proven who the REAL extremists are.