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Sunday, March 31, 2013
The governor’s proposed $64 tax on hybrid vehicles is thoroughly discouraging. The federal government gives tax incentives for alternative-fuel vehicles, yet Virginia is proposing the opposite.
The production tax credit for renewable energy was renewed, yet with wind and solar resources aplenty, we remain one of 13 states with no large-scale wind or solar power.
Nearby, in West Virginia and Tennessee, are numerous wind farms. These were developed by Invenergy, the likely developer of Virginia’s first wind farm on Poor Mountain. It knows how to build wind farms in the mountains. Visit and see for yourself.
Invenergy is building the largest wind farm in the country in Oregon, which heavily subsidizes sustainability rather than penalizing it. Portland is one of the most progressive, livable cities in the world. Interestingly, the largest solar array in Southwest Virginia, on the roof of Roanoke Valley Wine Co., is owned by former Oregonians, with panels made in Oregon.
China leads the world in sustainable development, followed by Germany, with the U.S. third, investing half what China does. Are we world leaders, or global disappointments? Are you proud of, or embarrassed by, our governor?
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