John Raese on Energy & Oil

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2010 alternative energy bill was WV's own cap-and-trade Bill

[Before 2010], then-Governor Manchin seemed desirous to impress the new Democratic President that he was a green energy governor despite being from West Virginia. So he set in motion House Bill 103, which was designed to mandate an increasing percentage of energy sold in West Virginia to be from alternative energy. Raese called it West Virginia's own Cap and Trade Bill.

This trend against traditional energy sources in West Virginia has continued unabated by the Obama EPA, forcing the closure of over 100 coal operations statewide, with the result of lost jobs and state revenue. [After 2010 as a] US Senator, Manchin has seemed unable or unwilling to do much about this devastating blow to our economy, despite his close personal friendship with President Obama.

John Raese sounded the alarm, demanding that the EPA be made more accountable for their anti-coal bias. Unlike Manchin, Raese could see that a committed liberal like Obama was not likely to change stripes, and he was right.

Source: Huntington News editorial on 2014 West Virginia Senate race , Nov 21, 2013

Obama administration has caused decline of coal

The coal industry in West Virginia was another big topic during the debate. Raese said the decline of coal was all because of the Obama administration, which Manchin was a part of.

Manchin disagreed and said he has fought for coal in the past and will continue to fight for coal in the future.

Source: West Virginia MetroNews on 2012 W.V. Senate debate , Oct 3, 2012

Global warming is a myth

Raese spent too much time pandering to Republican party lines: decrying President Barack Obama, using the term "Obamacare" and calling global warming a myth.
Source: Daily Athenaeum coverage of 2010 W.V. Senate debate , Oct 18, 2010

Hands-off approach to energy production

Raese has accused Manchin of creating a state "mini cap-and-trade" program by convincing lawmakers last year to pass legislation requiring 25% of the energy used in the state to come from alternative and renewable resources. Raese said that would result in using less coal, but critics, including those in the coal industry, pointed out a large part of that target can be met by using "clean coal" technologies, such as carbon capture and storage. Regardless, Raese said the federal government should take a hands-off approach to energy production. "We are the only country that legislates through laws to keep our natural resources in the ground," he said. "I find that fascinating."

Manchin also was highly critical of attempts by the Obama administration to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, saying the path it was taking wasn't going to solve the problem.

Source: State Journal coverage of 2010 W.V. Senate debate , Oct 7, 2010

Develop oil & coal; drill ANWR

Source: 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness Test , Aug 31, 2006

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