Op-Ed: ‘Saying the Unsayable’ in West Virginia

first_imgOp-Ed: ‘Saying the Unsayable’ in West Virginia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Joe Morris for the Charleston Gazette-Mail:The last place you’d expect to hear an honest reckoning with coal’s future in West Virginia would be a campaign for higher office. Here, we literally shoot legislation that proposes even insufficient limits on carbon emissions. We sue all the way to the Supreme Court to overturn similarly inadequate federal regulations. We draft bills banning the mere discussion of climate change in our classrooms.And yet, the campaign for governor this year is, inexplicably, different.“It’s not our salvation; it never was our salvation,” said Jeff Kessler of the coal industry in November.In the West Virginia Public Broadcasting debate, he said, without even being asked: “I believe in climate change.”Just in case no one heard it then, he repeated himself on “MetroNews Talkline,” before endorsing President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, justifying his position by citing the growth of solar power development in North Carolina as a model for Southern West Virginia.“I do believe in climate change, and we need to react to that. There are opportunities there,” he said. “We’ve got to look to the future because that’s where the world’s going.”Anywhere else, this would be banal. But in West Virginia, uttered by a major-party candidate for governor, it’s nothing short of audacious. It sets Kessler apart.Full item: Jeff Kessler is saying the unsayable on WV coallast_img

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