Earth Day Serves as Reminder of Need to Protect West Virginia's Vast Natural Beauty
West Virginia Secretary of State and candidate for Governor Natalie Tennant today cited Earth Day as a reminder of all that the Wild and Wonderful state has to offer. As Governor, Tennant will work to responsibly develop the state's vast natural resources, while protecting West Virginia's water and communities and preserving the beauty that supports the state's thriving tourism industry.
"Developing one resource at the expense of another is not a solution for West Virginia's workers, families, or its future. West Virginia needs to benefit from the resources that come from West Virginia, and I will not let us be taken advantage of. By responsibly developing our resources and protecting our environment, we can create jobs, support our communities, and keep our state wild and wonderful," said Natalie Tennant, Democratic candidate for Governor.
As Governor, Tennant will use innovation and accountability to develop a responsible energy policy that makes effective use of West Virginia's extensive coal and natural gas resources, while protecting the state's water, roads and communities. Tennant will also support and grow the state's tourism industry, which serves as the economic lifeblood and a vital source of jobs for many areas of the state.
According to the West Virginia Department of Commerce, more than 11 million people visited the state in 2010, creating a significant economic impact. In 2008, for example, a West Virginia Division of Tourism study showed that travel spending by visitors that year totaled more than $4.38 billion, an increase of 7.3 percent from 2007. Visitor spending in the state directly supported 44,000 jobs in 2008, with earnings of $912 million.