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George Allen Exposes Misleading Post at Blue Virginia

Let it never be said that Blue Virginia missed an opportunity mislead or distort a fact to further the Socialist agenda. In this post, former Governor George Allen exposes the myopically misleading statements so typical of the desperate tactics of a rapidly declining Democratic party.

This is a major embarrassment for Blue Virginia. But these outright distortions deserve to be exposed.

George Allen’s statement follows:

Coal Jobs Vital for Virginia, AmericaCoal Jobs Vital for Virginia, America
www.georgeallen.com/2010/02/28/coal-jobs-vital-for-virginia-america
By George Allen

It is wise to diversify job opportunities in the Coalfields of Southwest Virginia and elsewhere in Appalachia. But these writers, who are against or unfriendly to coal, are concocting misleading facts to diminish the positive attributes of American coal.

The Reality is that coal mining provides very good-paying jobs for those involved directly in mining as well as for people who manufacture and supply mining equipment and those who transport coal to electric power plants, steel mills and our Virginia Ports. A job is important to all men and women whether in retail or mining. These writers miss the fact that coal-related jobs pay more than retail jobs.

All of us who use electricity benefit from American coal, which by all measurement is the most available, reliable and least expensive source of power. Beyond the hundreds of thousands of American jobs related to American coal, the coal severance taxes in Southwest Virginia actually help fund the attraction of new businesses via the Coalfields Economic Development Authority.

As a country, we are blessed with plentiful coal resources. Rather than become more dependent on foreign, more expensive or intermittent energy sources, let’s creatively and cleanly utilize our American coal.

Saturday Statistic: Just “2 percent of employment in the central Appalachian region”
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Blue Virginia Blog

From this morning’s Washington Post comes a factual response to those who claim, against all evidence to the contrary, that the highly mechanized form of coal extraction known as “mountaintop removal” is a major employer in Appalachia (or anywhere else). As Justin Maxson, president of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, explains, it’s not.

Go to http://www.bluevirginia.us/2010/02/saturday-statistic-just-2-percent-of.html to continue reading.


About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.

Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

4 Responses to “George Allen Exposes Misleading Post at Blue Virginia”

  1. Venu says:

    I think George Allen just made Lowell’s day. He’ll probably take this as “George Allen reads my blog!”

  2. Tom White says:

    Actually, Lowell need not flatter himself. But when Lowell is this misleading on energy, particularly Virginia energy, I promise Governor Allen will be made aware of it so he can set things straight.

  3. I laughed out loud at the thought of the ultimate Virginia misleader calling anyone out. There’s an old saying that people who live in glass houses…..
    Anyway, the “fact” is that traditional mining would mean more jobs and be better for the health of the community than mountaintop removal.
    Another fact, more folks would be employed if there was a wind farm in that area instead of a coal plant….and it would be much healthier.
    But then politicians are paid off by folks who have vested interests in the traditional energy.
    The latest Obama plan to have the public fund nuclear (which has a history of cost overruns of 3-5 times more expensive than the estimated cost projections). The “costs” never take into account the hidden costs and dangers of nuclear energy. These costs could be so astronomical that the private sector will NOT invest in nuclear energy. So now we have another bail out for vested corporate interests.
    Ever wonder why the powers that be are avoiding wind and solar? Maybe b/c if we funded residential wind and solar we would be “FREE” of the monthly payments to the special corporate interests?
    But then George Allen nor Barack Obama are being clear hat the alternatives are so much better than what they are proposing. But I betcha their wallets are overflowing!

  4. Tom White says:

    Not sure who you think George Allen misled?

    Your misunderstanding of this subject is astounding. Are you aware that no matter how many wind farms and solar plants we construct, we must still have conventional energy sources? In your perfect world, a gentle breeze would always blow and the sun always shines. But the fact is, the number of wind turbines required to power the state would mean putting them a few feet apart all over the state. Same with solar generation. And it will still not be enough. Even if it were, we still require the conventional capacity for times of no wind and no light. You simply cannot generate the power needed with wind or solar. At best, only a tiny fraction could be saved at enormous expense. Not to mention the left wing environmentalists that fight these things tooth and nail. Wind turbines kill birds, disrupt mating, etc.

    And the nuclear cost overruns were due to legal hassles with the same left wing environmentalists that fight every type of energy generation. And the inherent nature of any government program. They always take far longer and cost far more than planned. Especially when you are constantly having to redesign the plans because of one lawsuit or another.

    Your fantasy of “free” electricity is just that. Even if the small amount of electricity generated by your “free” technology were sufficient, we must still pay for the initial investment in wind power, maintenance, and the price of maintaining an alternate source capable of providing the full requirement of energy for the times when wind does not work. It takes a minimum of a steady 6 MPH wind to get most turbines even moving. 9 to 12 MPH is required for efficient generation.

    You really have not thought this out. If it was a viable and “free” energy source, why not put one in your yard tomorrow and disconnect from the grid?

    And as far as the safety of American Nuclear plants, how many people have suffered death or injury due to nuclear energy problems? With the worst case scenario at Three Mile Island as your only example in this country, estimates were 8 milirem of radiation exposure within a 10 mile radius. About one chest x-ray. And I can tell you, as a former Navy Nuclear Engineer, I received less radiation in close proximity to the reactors I worked on than I did from the sun topside. When I tell you Nuclear Energy is safe, that is a first hand professional opinion.

    Your solutions won’t work and your fears are unfounded.

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