I saw this online poll on the Roanoke Times website, and was pleasantly surprised to see that 80% OPPOSE fossil fuel "fracking" in the George Washington National Forest. True, it's not a "scientific" poll, but still, it's encouraging as far as it goes. The fact is, this should not be a difficult call, given that the GW and Jefferson National Forests contain 230,000 acres of old-growth forest, "over 50 species of trees and over 2,000 species of shrubs and herbaceous plants," and "are popular hiking, mountain biking, and hunting destinations." In addition, as this website explains, "More than 4.5 million Virginians rely on drinking water from the Potomac and the James River, which originate on the GWNF," and "fracking would put those "critical drinking water resources at risk."
The best way to lower energy prices is by developing clean, safe resources that will create permanent Virginia jobs while preserving our unique environment. Clean energy is the fastest growing industry in the U.S. today. Virginia should be leading the country in creating renewable energy jobs. Fracking risks our natural heritage for the benefit of a few campaign donors.
Clearly, it's not worth risking the amazing GW National Forest for the profits of the oil and gas companies. Yet Ken Cuccinelli would do just that - clearly prioritizing his fossil fuel donors over the interests of millions of Virginians, while Terry McAuliffe opposes it. As if you needed yet another great reason not just to vote for McAuliffe on November 5, but to actively campaign for him, and against the Koch brothers' best friend forever - the Cooch - you've now got one.
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