State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Energy & Oil


Natalie Tennant: All-of-the-above energy approach, with priority on coal

Tennant stated that her priority when filling the Senate seat will be addressing the state's struggling economy, and she believes that renewing the state's relationship with the coal industry will prove vital to that effort. "I will stand up to anyone that tries to chip away at the basis of our economy. Coal is at that basis."

Tennant said that she envisions West Virginia employing an "all-of-the-above energy source" in the future. "The vision I have for West Virginia is an economy that is built on many different job opportunities, whether it's coal, natural gas (or) water. We're not going to replace coal; it is too important. But that doesn't mean we can't have an all-of-the-above approach."

She sees the technology and manufacturing industries as potential economic winners, and she feels they could play a dual role by serving to facilitate coal's continuing role in the future. "We have to advance coal so it continues to be a strong part of our future."

Source: Beckley Register-Herald on 2014 West Virginia Senate race Mar 2, 2014

Shelley Moore Capito: AdWatch: Fights back against Obama's war on coal

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is running an ad this with coal as the subject. The Chamber's commercial backs Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, the seven-term lawmaker who is considered a favorite to capture the Senate seat of retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D).

Capito, according to the Chamber, is "fighting back against the Obama administration's war on coal." The spot, which begins airing Thursday, describes her as a strong conservative who will "stand up for all of West Virginia. She's one of us."

Source: Huffington Post AdWatch on 2014 West Virginia Senate race Dec 5, 2013

John Raese: 2010 alternative energy bill was WV's own cap-and-trade Bill

[Before 2010], then-Governor Manchin seemed desirous to impress the new Democratic President that he was a green energy governor despite being from West Virginia. So he set in motion House Bill 103, which was designed to mandate an increasing percentage of energy sold in West Virginia to be from alternative energy. Raese called it West Virginia's own Cap and Trade Bill.

This trend against traditional energy sources in West Virginia has continued unabated by the Obama EPA, forcing the closure of over 100 coal operations statewide, with the result of lost jobs and state revenue. [After 2010 as a] US Senator, Manchin has seemed unable or unwilling to do much about this devastating blow to our economy, despite his close personal friendship with President Obama.

John Raese sounded the alarm, demanding that the EPA be made more accountable for their anti-coal bias. Unlike Manchin, Raese could see that a committed liberal like Obama was not likely to change stripes, and he was right.

Source: Huntington News editorial on 2014 West Virginia Senate race Nov 21, 2013

Joe Manchin III: I fought for coal in past & will fight for coal in future

The coal industry in West Virginia was another big topic during the debate. Raese said the decline of coal was all because of the Obama administration, which Manchin was a part of.

Manchin disagreed and said he has fought for coal in the past and will continue to fight for coal in the future.

Source: West Virginia MetroNews on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

Joe Manchin III: EPA regulatory practices unfairly hurt Appalachian coal

Raese aggressively criticized the Obama administration on coal regulations, and environmental policy. He also wants to cut some federal programs that currently regulate the environment. "The Obama administration has been regulating coal out of existence. Try to get a permit today, if you can," Raese said. "He doesn't want to burn fossil fuels, he's making coal priced so high that it's not competitive anymore," he said, "I'd like to abolish the Department of Energy, and I would also like to abolish the EPA. I think they are both redundant."

Manchin says all energy resources in the country should be developed, to stop dependence on foreign oil. He says regulatory practices from the Environmental Protection Agency are unfairly hurting Appalachian coal mining. But he says a balance must be drawn to protect both industry and environmental interests. "There's a balance to be had, the economy and the environment has to work together," Manchin said.

Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

John Raese: Obama administration has caused decline of coal

The coal industry in West Virginia was another big topic during the debate. Raese said the decline of coal was all because of the Obama administration, which Manchin was a part of.

Manchin disagreed and said he has fought for coal in the past and will continue to fight for coal in the future.

Source: West Virginia MetroNews on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

Earl Ray Tomblin: Fight the federal government's war on coal

As long as I am Governor I will continue to fight this administration's war on coal! A few months ago, a federal court agreed with our lawsuit and ruled that the federal EPA had in fact overstepped its authority. I will keep fighting until Washington recognizes that one of the keys to America's future is the use and promotion of our natural resources. It is a fight from which I will not shrink, and one that I fully expect to win!
Source: West Virginia 2012 State of the State Address Jan 11, 2012

Natalie Tennant: Responsible development of Marcellus shale

Q: Marcellus shale regulation will remain a major topic of interest. What are the key issues you see?

A: One, I'm frustrated, as are many West Virginians, that it was addressed but not a solution found in the legislative session. I'm disappointed [because] folks talk about it being a game changer and a gold mine underneath West Virginia. What we need to be able to do is have responsible development. And what I mean by responsible development, if there's more regulations that need to be in play in terms of serving the communities and making sure the communities are strong in which you're having the drilling, that the environment is addressed, the water is kept safe and the roads are in good shape as they were when the drilling started. The other aspect comes with the Innovation 20/20 fund--to see some of that money from the severance tax be used for technology and math education to building up our communities in which they were drilled and for really diversifying our economy.

Source: The Register-Herald: West Virginia gubernatorial profiles Apr 25, 2011

Joe Manchin III: No regulation of greenhouse gases by EPA

Gov. Joe Manchin today applauded the efforts of Sen. Jay Rockefeller for his recent support to seek legislation regarding the regulation of greenhouse gases and for supporting the "Resolution of Disapproval," initiated by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The governor believes that support of the Murkowski resolution is critical to have a viable future in energy and job sustainability, and that the EPA's actions to impose regulations on greenhouse gases could have dire effects on our economy if enacted.
Source: West Virginia 2010 gubernatorial press release Jun 9, 2010

John Rockefeller: No regulation of greenhouse gases by EPA

Gov. Joe Manchin today applauded the efforts of Sen. Jay Rockefeller for his recent support to seek legislation regarding the regulation of greenhouse gases and for supporting the "Resolution of Disapproval," initiated by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The governor believes that support of the Murkowski resolution is critical to have a viable future in energy and job sustainability, and that the EPA's actions to impose regulations on greenhouse gases could have dire effects on our economy if enacted.
Source: 2010 West Virginia gubernatorial press release Jun 9, 2010

Lisa Murkowski: No regulation of greenhouse gases by EPA

Gov. Joe Manchin today applauded the efforts of Sen. Jay Rockefeller for his recent support to seek legislation regarding the regulation of greenhouse gases and for supporting the "Resolution of Disapproval," initiated by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The governor believes that support of the Murkowski resolution is critical to have a viable future in energy and job sustainability, and that the EPA's actions to impose regulations on greenhouse gases could have dire effects on our economy if enacted.
Source: 2010 West Virginia gubernatorial press release Jun 9, 2010

Joe Manchin III: Stand up for our coal miners and their families

WV ranks second in the nation in exporting electricity, and most of our coal and natural gas is sent out of state. Despite the fact that half of our nation's electricity is generated by coal, and that our national economy depends on this abundant, reliable and affordable energy, some want to villainize this resource. We must continue to stand up for our coal miners and their families! We are not asking for a handout. All we're asking for is the permission to work!

We are reaching new and better ways to use our coal. There is a balance to be had between our economy and our environment and West Virginia is leading the way in finding that balance. The world's first successful carbon capture and sequestration project is at AEP's Mountaineer Power Plant. And plans are moving ahead on a coal-to-liquids project that will use state-of-the-art cleaner coal technology. Through this technology, West Virginia coal will be our primary energy source as we make the transition to the fuels of the future.

Source: West Virginia 2010 State of the State Address Jan 13, 2010

Bob Wise: Renew 5-cent gas tax to pay for road-building

We’re going to continue to build roads in West Virginia. Our Congressional delegation has worked overtime to secure funding for Corridor H and Corridor D. And we will complete these roads, and others crucial to our future.

To keep our road building plans moving, I will ask you to renew the 5-cent gas tax. This is not a new tax, but simply continues an existing tax, and that $55 million is necessary to keep our road program going.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to West Virginia Legislature Feb 14, 2001

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