Three days after the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency announced tough new clean-air regulations, Watchdog.org reported that Republicans from Virginia coal country mocked Terry McAuliffe’s failure to take a stand on the subject.
Accusing the Democratic gubernatorial candidate of “not understanding” the financial stakes involved, Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Abingdon, said the federal regs would have a “decimating impact” on the state’s coal industry.
McAuliffe, through spokesman Josh Schwerin, did not respond to Watchdog’s questions Monday afternoon. McAuliffe told a gaggle of reporters on Friday, “We’ll begin to look at (the rules) immediately. We want to get the experts in and all of us look at them together and make that decision.”
During his 2009 run for governor, McAuliffe declared, “We have got to move past coal. As governor, I never want another coal plant built.”
This year, McAuliffe has at least 900,000 reasons to oppose coal. See the Watchdog story for the full report.