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McDonnell Signs 8 Energy Bills Into Law

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All of the laws, in some way, promote clean and renewable sources. Some provide business incentives to develop greener jobs and expedite the approval process for building the infrastructure.

Another allows energy customers to donate toward renewable energy research. Senator Frank Wagner's bill strengthens the state's energy plan. He says the measures will also help Virginia maximize its use of existing fossil resources'

"With the understanding that it's a finite resource with increasing demand across the globe that's going to drive these prices up," he says. "And take advantage of this unique opportunity we have in the state, to develop our nuclear assets, to develop our renewable energy assets, to develop the brain trust and economic development associated with those to bring them on line."

The Sierra Club's Glen Bessa says the bills are a great first step, but while lawmakers promote coal, back offshore drilling, and revisit approval of uranium mining, they've yet to invest as much time and money in alternatives.


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