26 Aug '11, 5pm

If reaction to Conyers remarks on coal are any sign, WV leaders are opting to resist, be overrun by clean energy future

Based on the statements this week from Manchin, Tomblin, and others, I would say our state leaders are opting for the "resist and be overrun" option. Manchin accused Conyers of degrading West Virginia , while Tomblin's press release said it was a "sad day" when a Member of Congress "attacks our State, our people, and a resource that not only has powered our Country but must also continue to play a significant role in the economic health of our economy." Their reactions imply that to even mildly criticize coal is an assault on the dignity of all West Virginians, period, end of story. But as I read his statement, Conyers is simply stating a very obvious fact - coal mining counties are some of the poorest counties in America, and West Virginia needs to diversify our economy beyond coal, or we are in deep trouble. A recent report ranked West Virginia dead last in clean energy ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/article/2011-08-26-conyers-coal-and-...

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