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Petitioning West Virginia Governor

Tell Governor Tomblin: Use Wind Jobs to Save West Virginia from Coal

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was re-elected earlier this month. Congratulate him on his victory -- and tell him that the key to a successful term in office will be moving his state away from dirty, deadly, job-killing coal.

Although Appalachia is known as a coal-producing region, the truth is that the industry is bad for West Virginia's economy. Coal provides over 20,000 jobs in the state, but that represents more than an 80% drop since 1940. And a stunning new report from the Associated Press last month showed that, thanks to geology (NOT EPA regulations), Appalachian coal production will likely drop by another 50% between 2008 and 2015. And even more recently, the stock prices for coal companies like Arch Coal, Peabody Energy, and Patriot Coal have all tumbled - job losses can't be far behind.

By tying itself to a dying industry, West Virginia isn't just denying climate change; it's choosing a permanent recession for its economic future. Tell Governor Tomblin: Save your state's workers. Begin the transition to a clean energy future now so that the eventual death of coal does not hurt your citizens. A good place to start is by  increasing state subsidies for wind energy - something the Department of Energy has said West Virginia is in a good position to do, thanks to the many ridgelines that Big Coal would rather see blown up than used for productive wind turbines.

Picture Credit: West Virginia's Mountaineer Wind Energy Center. The state needs more facilities like this one in Preston and Tucker Counties. Courtesy Wikipedia.

 

Letter to
West Virginia Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin:

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Use Wind Energy to Save West Virginia's Economy from Coal's Collapse

Congratulations on your October election, Governor. As you know, you govern a state in more economic turmoil than most. In light of recent reports about the declining geological future of the coal industry, please save your state from even further job losses by beginning the transition from coal to wind now.

Although Appalachia is known as a coal-producing region, the truth is that the industry is bad for West Virginia's economy. Coal provides over 20,000 jobs in the state, but that represents more than a 80% drop since 1940. And a stunning new report from the Associated Press last month showed that, thanks to geology (NOT the EPA), Appalachian coal production will likely drop by another 50% between 2008 and 2015.

By tying itself to a dying industry, West Virginia is choosing a permanent recession for its economic future. Please: Save your state's workers. Begin the transition to a clean energy future now so that the eventual death of the coal industry does not hurt your citizens.

A good place to start is by increasing state subsidies for wind energy. The Mountaineer Wind Energy Center and Beech Ridge Wind Farm are two great examples of what could be a jobs boon for West Virginia - according to the Department of Energy, "West Virginia has wind resources consistent with utility-scale production. The good-to-excellent wind resource areas are concentrated on ridge crests in the eastern part of the state just south of a Martinsburg-Clarksburg line. There are scattered areas along these ridge crests that are estimated to have outstanding-to-superb resource."

Make your term a success, Governor. Let West Virginia be a place where wind creates jobs, not where coal kills them.

Sincerely,