Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam is a firm supporter of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) even though it was approved by a prior administration as a necessary extension to the many natural gas pipelines crisscrossing the state. Since its inception, the ACP has been dogged by the usual anti-fossil fuel climate change activists. Perhaps Northam’s centrist stance on this issue helped get him elected. Regardless, the ACP is the most practical means to bring low-CO2 natural gas to eastern Va. and N.C. The available renewable energy options are far from adequate and much too expensive.
Apparently, Al Gore saw Northam’s current political weakness and the local ACP protests as an opportunity to (1) politically leverage Northam’s blackface troubles, (2) virtue-signal his support for a minor complaint about the proposed location of an ACP pumping station near a rural town founded by freed black American slaves, and (3) seize an opportunity to promote his green climate agenda.
The story of his 19 February visit to Union Hill (population 500, about 90 minutes west of Richmond) was on the front page of the Richmond Times-Dispatch the next morning. One statement from the article stood out:
“This pipeline is not needed in any way, shape or form,” Gore said, arguing that the state should instead pursue modern renewable resources. “This pipeline is a dinosaur. Its time has passed.”
Read the full story from American Thinker
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