Check out a great piece by Glenn Hurowitz, (author a great book, “Fear and Courage in the Democratic Party”) on Gov. Kaine and coal in Virginia. http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2008/2/19/10055/7748
Tim Kaine burns national ambitions in coal furnace
Posted by Glenn Hurowitz at 2:39 PM on 19 Feb 2008
Virginia’s Democratic governor Tim Kaine, often mentioned as a possible vice presidential nominee, seems to be flushing his ambitions for national office down the toilet by actively working to build yet another coal-fired power plant for one of his biggest campaign donors.
Kaine has tried to present himself as a green, forward-thinking governor by proposing a “Virginia Energy Plan” he claimed would reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 30 percent. True, Kaine is going ahead with plans to purchase 27,000 compact fluorescent bulbs (which will save the amount of electricity used by — wait for it — 1300 [!] homes). But when it comes to things that actually matter — like where Virginia gets its energy — he’s actively backing the construction of a new greenhouse-gas- and toxic-pollution-belching coal-fired power plant in Virginia’s Wise County.