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Senate candidate Tim Kaine took to the skies of southwest Virginia in his latest ad touting his energy policy vision with a coal-fired power plant as the backdrop — but the campaign of his opponent, Republican George Allen, immediately tried to bring him back down to earth.
Mr. Kaine mentions the new Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center in Wise County as evidence of his support for the state’s coal industry and has touted an “all-of-the-above” energy policy that supports clean coal, offshore energy, natural gas and emerging clean energy technologies.
“As governor, I supported its construction,” the Democrat says of the plant. “I also support offshore energy, conservation and innovative investments in wind and solar, which together employ more than 66,000 Virginians. That’s what I call unleashing our energy potential.”
The last comment is an apparent tweak at Mr. Allen, who speaks frequently on the stump about the need to “unleash” the United States’ energy resources.
Mr. Allen frequently chides the Obama administration for its regulations on coal-fired power plants and its refusal to open up the area off Virginia’s shores for offshore oil and natural gas exploration. Mr. Allen also says consistently that on his first day in office, he would introduce a bill to allow Virginia to explore for oil and natural gas off its coast, with the state’s share of royalties going toward roads and transportation.
In fact, Mr. Allen’s campaign argued that the Wise County plant could not even be opened under current regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency.
“Tim Kaine’s new television ad says he’s proud of the Virginia Hybrid Energy Center coal-fired power plant,” Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith said. “It’s too bad that President Obama’s new regulations won’t allow anyone else to build one.”
• Tom Howell Jr. and David Sherfinski contributed to this report
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