Republicans seized on news Wednesday of the Obama administration’s forthcoming federal crackdown on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants to warn that Terry McAuliffe would be bad news for Southwest Virginia and anyone else dependent on affordable energy if the Democrat wins the governor’s race.
“These new rules are a double whammy for Southwest Virginia,” Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Scott) said in a written statement issued with several Republican lawmakers from Southwest. The GOP lawmakers predicted that the proposals would kill jobs in their region and boost energy prices everywhere. They urged McAuliffe to denounce them.
“This is what happens when radical environmentalists get their way in government, and it’s why Terry McAuliffe shouldn’t be governor,” Kilgore said.
McAuliffe’s campaign said he would be concerned about any regulations that significantly increase utility costs for Virginians or cause the closure of existing power plants in the commonwealth.
“While we’re waiting on actual regulations to be proposed, Terry believes any new regulations should balance the need to encourage clean energy with the fact that coal is, and will continue to be, a large portion of Virginia’s energy mix,” McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin said in an email.