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Issue Position: Energy

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Energy: Leading the Way

As Governor, I will make West Virginia the national leader in energy -- coal, natural gas and alternative energy. West Virginia can lead the 21st century with an energy policy that sets the pace for how our nation does business -- and we can create those jobs right here at home while doing it. But this won't happen if we do things the same old way.

* Coal is critical to the U.S. economy. We will continue our commitment to coal while also investing in the coal industry of the future. We can lead the world in researching, developing, and testing new technologies.

* We can be the national test bed for cutting-edge clean coal technologies. If there is a new technology that makes West Virginia coal cleaner, more efficient, and more affordable, let's pioneer it in West Virginia.

* Marcellus Shale offers West Virginia a great opportunity to create thousands of new jobs and provide increased revenue for our communities. By managing this new resource responsibly we can build a new energy economy and world-class education system.

* But let's not stop at coal and natural gas. We can take the lead in powering our nation long into the future by investing in a true alternative energy industry now.


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