Alexandria, VA – As football season begins and sportscasters list their team rankings, Governor George Allen, Chairman of the American Energy Freedom Center, issued this statement regarding the unveiling of the state power rankings, an interactive map that analyzes each State’s current electricity portfolio:
“This map illustrates the inextricable link between affordable and efficient forms of electricity. The American people deserve to hear and understand this relationship as the leadership in Congress and the Obama Administration debate carbon cap-and-trade legislation which will increase electricity rates for every single American. People in States that use coal – which provides them more affordable electricity than the national average – would face the biggest increases in their electricity costs. Higher electricity prices would make their States, and all America, less competitive for jobs and investment.
“With declining state revenues and family budgets under tremendous stress, increased electricity rates will only cause more pain. Higher electricity rates significantly affect small, medium and large businesses. As governor, I saw firsthand the direct correlation between affordable electricity and the recruitment of high-tech companies and jobs to Virginia. To keep family budgets solvent and jobs here in America, we must promote efficient and reliable power generation.