In a victory for clean air and common sense energy solutions, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) announced that it has stopped attempts to obtain the environmental permits necessary to construct a 1,500 megawatt coal-burning power plant in Surry County, the Cypress Creek Power Station, what would have been Virginia's largest.
However, as Hudgins also explained, the project may resume in the future if the outcome of an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court opposing the EPA's new carbon emissions reductions standards for new power plants is sustained.
As usual, supporters of the power station cited the need for jobs and the additional tax revenue that the power station would have generated as arguments for Cypress Creek's construction. And as usual, these arguments imply that coal plants are the only means of generating more jobs and tax revenue for Surry County.
The fact is, the argument regarding jobs and tax revenue lost by shuttering coal-burning power plants ignores the other options that are available to generate energy in Virginia as well as the adverse economic and health effects stemming from coal-burning power plants.
Saving lives and preserving the public welfare should also be goals shared by private companies, not just the government. This isn't to say that private companies should run themselves into a financial pit. But when it comes to renewable energy, we're talking about a financial investment that will see positive economic and human health returns in the near future.
The purpose of Blue Virginia is to cover Virginia politics from a progressive and Democratic perspective. This is a group blog and a community blog. We invite everyone to comment here, but please be aware that profanity, personal attacks, bigotry, insults, rudeness, frequent unsupported or off-point statements, "trolling" (NOTE: that includes outright lies, whether about climate science, or what other people said, or whatever), and "troll ratings abuse" (e.g., "troll" rating someone simply because you disagree with their argument) are not permitted and, if continued, will lead to banning. For more on trolling, see the Daily Kos FAQs. Also note that diaries may be deleted if they do not contain at least 2 solid paragraphs of original text; if not, please use the comments section of a relevant diary. For more on writing diaries, click here. Thanks, and enjoy!