Green energy is the industry of the future. If we get smart about the transition from fossil fuels, we have a chance to create new, good-paying jobs right here in the 58th District.
Let's be clear: I'm not suggesting that we shut down coal-powered plants today and limp along with brownouts and blackouts until solar and wind sources are totally online. That makes no sense.
But we do need to start moving in that direction. And we have a solid foundation here in the district. For instance, there's a natural-gas plant in Scottsville. As long as you take care not to release methane during the extraction process, natural gas is significantly cleaner than coal. We can use it to bridge our energy needs on the way to reaching the goal of 100% renewable sources.
This isn't just an economic issue. It's also a public health issue. Cleaning up the air we breathe will reduce the incidence of respiratory illnesses like asthma. And it's a national security issue. Energy independence means that we're less exposed to the instability of global markets and the whims of hostile foreign producers.
Do we want to see the industries of the future end up in China, Europe, and Canada? Or in Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, and Rockingham? I'll do everything in my power to help us lead an energy revolution right here in central Virginia.