May 7, 2013
The Roanoke Times reports, "Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli took his campaign for governor to the Roanoke area today, telling a group at Titan Cement in Troutville that he favored allowing hydro-fracking for natural gas in the George Washington National Forest."
Progressive Point: What kind of legacy will we leave for our children? Under Ken Cuccinelli's plan to allow dangerous fracking in the George Washington National Forest, dirty energy companies profit while we take on all the risks. Fracking releases dangerous chemicals into the ground, threatening our water supply and our natural heritage. Cuccinelli's plan prioritizes corporate donors over Virginia families.
The best way to lower energy prices is by developing clean, safe resources that will create permanent Virginia jobs while preserving our unique environment. Clean energy is the fastest growing industry in the U.S. today. Virginia should be leading the country in creating renewable energy jobs. Fracking risks our natural heritage for the benefit of a few campaign donors.
Get the Facts:
"In the first quarter of 2013, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) raised about $2.4 million for his gubernatorial campaign. Of that, a huge portion came from oil and gas interests -- likely impressed by his long record of active climate denial... Cuccinelli accepted about $200,000 from energy companies and executives. These included:
Between these donations and the RGA's funds, about half of Cuccinelli's contributions over the reporting period were tied to oil, gas, and coal."
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