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Va. Attorney General announces energy policy in Bristol

Published On: May 16 2013 06:32:53 AM CDT
Updated On: May 16 2013 05:50:50 PM CDT
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BRISTOL, Va. -

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli was in Bristol, Virginia Thursday, speaking at the Electro-Mechanical Corporation.

He's discussing his ideas on an energy plan for Virginia.

Cuccinelli says he believes coal and traditional resources are key to a strong energy policy throughout the Commonwealth for businesses and families.

"When you think of energy today in Virginia, this is the center of the most intense energy industry we've got and it's also the part of Virginia that's most reliant on its energy industry," said Cuccinelli.

There's been a lot of push-back lately when it comes to EPA restrictions on coal-fired plants.  We asked the attorney general what he thinks about improving air quality in Virginia and how it relates to new coal-fired plant construction.

"If you want to improve air quality as a person, the best thing you can do is buy a new car because it burns cleaner than the old one.  The same thing is true of coal plants.  The technology at the plant in Wise County is spectacular and they've really done a good job using it in the cleanest way you can right now."

Cuccinelli says he believes coal and traditional resources are key to a strong energy policy throughout the Commonwealth and especially in Southwest Virginia.

Ken Cuccinelli and Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe will go head-to-head at the polls in November.