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Terry Gets His Wish

MCAULIFFE SAID HE NEVER WANTS “TO SEE ANOTHER COAL PLANT BUILT;” OBAMA IS WORKING TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN

Today, The Obama Administration Announced Devastating New Regulations On New Coal-Fired Power Plants. “Linking global warming to public health, disease and extreme weather, the Obama administration pressed ahead Friday with tough requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, despite protests from industry and from Republicans that it would mean a dim future for coal.” (Dina Cappiello, “Obama Takes On Coal With First-Ever Carbon Limits,” The Associated Press , 9/20/13)

“EPA’s Proposal Would Put The Squeeze On Coal.” “While it won’t affect existing plants, EPA’s proposal would put the squeeze on coal: Any coal-burning power plant built in the future would be limited to 1,100 pounds per megawatt hour of CO2 emissions, according to McCarthy’s planned speech.” (Erica Martinson, “Coal In President Obama’s Climate Crosshairs,” Politico, 9/19/13)

The Proposed Rule Would Effectively Ban New Coal-Fired Power Plants “Despite some tweaks, the rule packs the same punch as one announced last year, which was widely criticized by industry and by Republicans as effectively banning any new coal-fired power plants.” (Dina Cappiello, “Obama Takes On Coal With First-Ever Carbon Limits,” The Associated Press , 9/20/13)

McAuliffe Is Hostile To Coal And Is Bankrolled By Radical Environmentalists

In 2009, McAuliffe Said “We Have Got To Move Past Coal. As Governor, I Never Want Another Coal Plant Built.” (Terry McAuliffe, Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Debate, Blacksburg, VA, 4/29/09)

  • McAuliffe Has Refused To Take A Position On Obama’s New Regulations. “At Ffx biz summit, McAuliffe won’t say when he’ll take position on EPA regs & won’t say whether new coal plants should be built #vagov” (Ben Pershing, Twitter Feed, 9/20/13)

Billionaire Environmentalist Tom Steyer Has Spent $900,000 To Help McAuliffe Get Elected. “An environmentalist billionaire is putting another half-million dollars into the effort to beat Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, the latest sign that outside groups plan to pour cash into the Virginia governor’s contest. Tom Steyer — a San Francisco-based financier who previously put $400,000 behind an ad attacking Cuccinelli for his legal efforts against then-University of Virginia climate researcher Michael Mann – is upping the stakes. NextGen Climate Action Committee, a super PAC bankrolled by Steyer, is putting roughly $500,000 into a new ad that makes a broad attack on the ethics of Cuccinelli, who is squaring off against businessman Terry McAuliffe (D).” (Ben Pershing, “Wealthy Environmentalist Tom Steyer Pours Another $500K Into Anti-Cuccinelli Campaign,” The Washington Post , 9/4/13)

  • Steyer Has Vowed To “Destroy” Candidates Who Do Not Share His Anti-Coal Agenda. “A California billionaire is pledging to spend as much of his fortune as necessary to make climate change ‘the defining issue of our generation.’ Tom Steyer, who made his riches as a hedge fund manager, told The Hill on Tuesday that he wants to make climate change a campaign issue for years to come and Democratic support for environmental protections as widespread as support for gay marriage and immigration reform. ‘The goal here is not to win. The goal here is to destroy these people. We want a smashing victory,’ Steyer said of candidates he judges to be on the wrong side of the climate change debate.” (Alexandra Jaffe, “Greens Get Billionaire Ally, Money,” The Hill, 4/3/13)

The Anti-Coal League Of Conservation Voters Has Contributed $950,000 To McAuliffe’s Campaign. (Virginia Public Access Project, Accessed 9/20/13)

COAL IS VITAL TO VIRGINIA’S ECONOMY

The Coal Industry Directly And Indirectly Supports 45,210 Jobs In Virginia. (Coal In Virginia, National Mining Association)

Coal Jobs Contributed $3.4 Billion In Wages To Virginia Workers In 2011. (Coal In Virginia, National Mining Association)

Annual Average Wage In The Coal Industry In Southwest Virginia Is More Than Twice The Average For All Industries. “[T]he coal industry paid an annual average wage of $84,978 in the region compared to the $34,757 for all industries in 2010 (the latest full year of data). Consequently, the coal industry directly accounted for 12.8% of total wages and salaries in Southwest Virginia.” (“The Economic Impact Of The Coal Industry In Virginia,” Chmura Economics & Analytics, 1/18/12)

16 Coal-Fired Electric Generating Units In Virginia, Representing 2,349 Megawatts, Are Already Shutting Down Due To EPA Policies. (Coal Unit Shutdowns, American Coalition For Clean Coal Technology, 7/25/13)