Thursday, January 19, 2017
Tom Perriello listens to an IUE-CWA Local 162 union member asking about automation.
Tom Perriello’s last stop in his listening tour through Roanoke was at the IUE-CWA Local 162 Roanoke headquarters where about 10 union rank and file members and union shop stewards from Verizon, ITT now the Harris Corporation, GE and Virginia Transformer peppered him with questions. Union members are not shy about asking questions.
Before Perriello arrived Jack Roland Chief Steward with Local 82162 at Harris Corporation said he wanted to know how Perriello views the future of the working class. Where does he see unions place in the future.
Jeff Moran, who works for Harris Corporation (again formerly ITT
U.S. Senator Mark Warner
U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) will review the EPA proposal announced by EPA Administrator Gina Monday. He says he will consult with all Virginia stakeholders. Warner wants to ensure that the final rule provides Virginia adequate flexibility, enhances R&D in clean coal and maintains a safe reliable energy network for a competitive economy.
“Virginia is at the center of the national debate on climate change, with our coalfields in southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth’s coastal cities beginning to see the impact of sea rise,” he said.
Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-9) said he is deeply concerned about the impact that the regulations will have on electric prices and access to reliable energy. He vowed to continue fighting the regulations and additional efforts the President may undertake to advance his War on Coal.
“I am of the belief the President’s expectations that other nations will ‘follow our lead’ will be dashed,” said Griffith. He expects the “unreasonable regulations” to result in job loss and damage to the U.S. economy.
“… do you expect that these nations will ‘follow our lead’?”
Griffith said that developing nations will promote their own country’s energy needs.
“A company choosing to open a facility in one of these countries – which do not have the environmental standards we currently have or had 10 years ago – will be able to more cheaply produce products. In doing so, they will damage the quality of the air for the world.”
Environmental groups applaud the Obama administration for the commitment to reduce carbon pollution. Power plants are the largest producers of the carbon pollution fueling global climate change they say.
“In order to protect Virginia’s communities and economy from the worst effects of climate change, we call on Virginia’s public officials, including Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, and Governor Terry McAuliffe, to support this plan.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Business, National, Politics