With countries speeding ahead in the race for clean energy, everyone is seeking solutions in renewables. But some fossil fuel dependent regions continue to cling on to their economic drivers instead of embracing new technologies that would generate environmentally friendly power. One example is Virginia, a state that once thrived on coal mining and manufacturing that is now suffering due to the requirements of the Clean Air Act. This is forcing many of their power plants to close or increase efforts in clean sources of energy, all in the hope of creating a new Virginia Economy free from — or at least minimal — fossil fuel use.
Although coal is one of the primary resources for the
FLASH BACK March 7, 2011 – McAuliffe talks about Greentech and Virginia not bidding on it – new plant will have 5000 jobs – love to bring it to Roanoke.
Former Democratic National Committee chair and candidate Terry McAuliffe dropped in on Roanoke City council Monday morning interrupting their budget briefing. In typical showman style McAuliffe hastened to say if he had been elected governor “you wouldn’t be worrying about revenue.”
McAuliffe still has “big ideas” saying, “when I ran for governor I said I was going to run on big ideas and if you don’t like them then don’t vote for me – and you didn’t, but I had a great time doing it.” McAuliffe lost the Democratic primary to Senator Creigh Deeds.
He’s been traveling the state. He was in Radford Sunday night and arrived in Roanoke Monday morning. He was then heading to Danville, Lynchburg and Charlottesville Tuesday before heading back to Northern Virginia. McAuliffe was touting his electric cars the first of which will come off the assembly line July 4.
McAuliffe is looking for incentives to bring in his new plant that he says will employ 5000 people, “I’m hoping to bring it to Virginia – love to bring it to Roanoke.”
Mayor David Bowers who had a private meeting with McAuliffe for about 20 minutes said, “when you get to that bid process please contact us and see what our best offer is – we want to put it on the table.”
In the video he asks for incentives and said he had a responsibility to his investors. He says he would have loved to bring the Greentech factory to Virginia but they didn’t bid on it.
“If you have a good workforce and good education that will bring jobs,” said McAuliffe.
Catching up to him later he said, “We are losing business to our neighbors. We have got to start aggressively courting green technology here.” He still plans to offer the first 100,000 electric cars for $10,000. “It’s not green unless it is affordably green,” said McAuliffe.
McAuliffe did not commit support for uranium mining in Virginia saying, “we ought to wait until the study gets done … make sure there are no issues that effects air or water – let the scientists do their work. Safety is the number one issue.” CLICK TO ENLARGE PHOTOS.