In response to Mr. Stowers recent defense of House Bill 103, there are a couple of points that are beyond debate.
First, everyone admits that this bill will increase the costs of electricity in West Virginia for private residences and businesses. Furthermore, it was crafted, debated and modified out of a fear that the Federal Cap and Trade bill would be passed. Frankly, this is no way to run a state.
At some point our state legislators and governor must have enough spine to stand up to Obama and the Democrat controlled Congress instead of attempting to out maneuver them. Additionally, there must of necessity be more government employees placed on the public payroll to set this policy in place, monitor it, enforce it, etc. Just what West Virginia needs, more government workers for the rest of us to pay for. Every politician I've spoken to who supported this thing argue that it was supported by the coal industry. So? The W.Va. Coal Association is run by one or two large coal companies who have already positioned themselves so as to benefit from any cap and trade legislation whether state run or federal. Some have already begun employing methods of carbon capture and the creation of carbon credits, even before any law was put on the books.
Furthermore, they could care less how this junk law will impact the citizens or small businesses. They are only about obtaining a monopoly for themselves. If our state leaders were really forward thinking they would have aligned themselves with the 31,000 American scientists who have signed a petition calling for the United States to withdraw from all the conclusions of global warming as stated in the UN Kyoto Treaty. They could have taken a stand and demanded open, Congressional hearings on the issue. They could have really been leaders in the fight for coal and American energy.
Instead, they played it cute and attempted their own version of cap and trade, hoping it would keep King Obama off their neck! And now ... its backfired on them because West Virginians aren't as dumb as some may think. We don't need more leaders like these guys running our governments. We need men of honor, integrity and guts.
Gary Lee Corns