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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, Jnuary 14, 2010 t Environmental community applauds Senator McEachin's jobs plan -Energy efficiency legislation will save Virginians money, preserve the environment, reduce mountaintop removal coal mining- plant proposed for the Hampton Roads area. Old Dominion Electric Cooperative's coal plant would be constructed in close proximity to the Chesapeake Bay and would emit 118 pounds of mercury and 920 pounds of lead annually. The plant would also release 14.6 million tons of carbon dioxide every year, the main contributor to global warming. With over 3,000 miles of tidal shoreline, Virginia's coasts from Alexandria to Norfolk are extremely vulner- able to increased storm surges and rising seas resulting from a warmer planet. The bill would also reduce the demand for coal which, in turn, would cut down on the demand for mountaintop re- moval. Mountaintop removal coal mining blasts the tops off mountains to expose the coal. The dirt and rubble are dumped in nearby valleys, burying miles of headwater streams and polluting downstream water- ways. The practice devastates the environment and com- munities. Coal companies have already destroyed 67 Virginia mountains through mountaintop removal mining. Senator McEachin's jobs bill is supported by: Appalachian Voices, Chesapeake Climate Action Network Greater Wash- ington Interfaith Power & Light, Sierra Club, Southern Appal- achian Mountain ' Stewards, Leading members of Virgin- ia's environmental community applauded Senator Donald McEachin's (D-Henrico) energy efficiency legislation as a win- ning plan for Virginia. By creating energy efficiency stand- ards for utilities, the legislation will create jobs and save families money for their energy bills while also reducing the de- mand for mountaintop removal coal mining and cutting pollu- tion linked to global warming. The McEachin jobs would require Virginia utilities to reduce energy consumption 12% by 2022 by investing in readily- available energy-efficiency im- provements. These investments will boost Virginia's economy and create a demand for energy efficient construction, weath- erizing schools and buildings, and performing energy audits on homes. According to the in- dependent American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the McEachin bill would create up to 10,000 new high-quality ,jobs in the state. Senatoro McEachin intro- duced a similar bill, Senate Bill 1447, last legislative session, which received major public support. Environmental groups prais- ed the McEachin bill because it would enable Virginia to meet its energy needs without construc- ting new, expensive power plants like the 1500-megawatt Senator McEachin introduces legislation to create almost 10,000 jobs and improve the environment communities. As we create these industries and increase our energy ef- ficiency, we would no longer need new expensive power plants that contribute to pol- lution and global warming. The proposed Old Dominion Ele- ctrical Cooperative coal plant would potentially release almost 15 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, aug- menting atmospheric warming. Our shorelines and population centers, right here in Virginia, are vulnerable to rising ocean levels, and more powerful storms, both of which result from global warming. With these concerns in mind, it is even more important that we pass this legislation which will create jobs, grow industries AND help protect our environ- ment." Several additional speakers reiterated Senator McEachin's point that this will be good for the economy and good for job creation. KC Curren of Earth Craft Homes reiterated the job production value that they have seen in their Earth Craft Homes programs with energy efficiency programs. The Honorable Randy Gilli- land, Hampton City Council, and Chairman of the Green Jobs Alliance and the Green Ec- onomic Alliance also spoke at the press conference of the significant financial benefits of this legislation. "Our project impact data shows that with only a 7.5%A market penetration rate of the single family residential stock in Hampton Roads alone, 2178 jobs will be created, equating to $75 million plus in new payroll and $24 million in utilities savings generated. That's $100 million plus pumped back into the local economy! An added bonus would be the 323 metric tons of carbon dioxide not pumped into the atmosphere." Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico)_ introduced energy efficiency legislation that would mandate a savings of 12% by Virginia utilities by the year 2022, an action that would pro- duce economic development and create almost 10,000 jobs the American Council for an Energy l::;fficient Economy estimates. In a press conference, Senator McEachin said, "We are here to talk about what we can do to create jobs, and economic development, decrease family utility bills and in the process, reduce pollution and help im- prove the environment. To ac- complish all these goals, I have introduced Energy Efficiency legislation. Increased demand for weatherization products and energy efficient construction and construction materials for homes, commercial buildings and schools would create jobs right here in the Commonwealth and allow green businesses to grow and prosper. The jobs created by these businesses would be well paying, skilled jobs that would engage our workforce and help many Virginians make a better living to support their families. I believe that nothing is more critical right now than job creation. As we all know, many traditional manufacturing jobs are gone and probably gone forever. We must be creating new jobs, in new industries and looking at job creation in new ways. This bill achieves those goals." He went on to further explain the benefits of the proposed legislatibn. "Moreover, the num- erous jobs created' and the industries that are founded will help improve the environment and reduce pollution. We will diminish mountaintop removal, an activity that scars the land- scape, threatens streams and rivers and endangers local Southern Environmental Law Center, Virginia Conservation Network, Virginia Interfaith Power & Light. Following are statements of support from environmental community members: Chesea Harnish of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network: "It's easy to see why there's such a groundswell of support for meaningful energy efficiency legislation. Efficiency is a win-win-win: It grows jobs, shrinks power bills, and Cuts global warming pollution." Kathy Selvage of the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards: Boosting the Com- monwealth's economy and leaving her beautiful mountains intact are both excellent choices for the benefit of our future generations. There are no nega- tives here." Glen Besa, Virginia Director for Sierra Club: "Investing in en- ergy efficiency saves consumers money and creates jobs, just what we need to get our economy moving. There is no downside to this legislation." Tom Cormons, Virginia Dir- ector for Appalachian Voices: "This legislation represents a win-win scenario for Virginia. With smart investments in ef- ficiency, the state can avoid building costly and environ- mentally destructive traditional power plants and create thousands of permanent jobs." Babies at JMHospital Recent " births at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon to area parents include: a son, Caden Taylor Maples, on November 4, to Chris and Carol Maples, Castlewood; a son, Skyler Avery Boardwine, on November 18, to Anthony and Michelle Boardwine, Saltville; a son, Christopher Blake Cregger, on November 21, to Chris and Leslie Cregger, Chilhowie; a daughter, Avery Skye Whitney, on November 25, to Thomas and Amber Whitney, Lebanon; a son, Nathan Wayne Hensley, on November 27, to Rick and Angela Hensley, Castlewood; twin sons, Christopher Wayne-Daniel Cline and Wyatt Gale-Daniel Cline, on November 28, to Jason and Tonya Cline, Mouth of Wilson; a daughter, Kelsey Blair Powers, on December 2, to Clay and Kayla Powers, Haysi; a son, Jacob Conner Deel, on December 4, to Clinton and Stacy Deel, Bee; a daughter, Hannah Grace Meadows, on December l l, to Bradley and Judy Meadows, Swords Creek; a daughter, Riley Brooke Gobble, on December 12, to Eric and Kayla Gobble, Abingdon. A VDOT Tip for Driving in Snowy Weather Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots, bridges and over- passes. Smce they are open on their undersides, bridges and overpasses are deprived of ground warmth and freeze more rapidly than the road- ways leading to them. Ill Ill I I I I II ' I Adult Education Connection by Karen Gent GED Trivia Puzzle by Karen Gent Across: Down: 3. General Educational Development 1. uses letters representing numbers 5. receive academic diploma 2. post-secondary education 8. metrical writing 10. entertainer Jessica 14. founder of "Famous" cookies 15. natural features of earth 16. ABC News anchor Peter 17. science of matter & energy ANSWERS ON PAGE 5 4. a play 6. a literary composition 7. not fail 9. 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