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Remember Back When Conservation Was A Conservative Value?


A Blue Virginia reader passes along this Facebook update from Randy Marcus, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling’s chief of staff:

Every time I see that stupid green peacock logo on NBC, I turn on another light in my house and cut the thermostat down another degree. I mean can’t a guy watch the Voice and Smash without being subjected to some environmental agenda? Haha

We’re supposed to believe these guys care more about solving our problems than about politics? This attitude isn’t isolated to a staffer – Gov. Bob McDonnell spent thousands of your tax dollars to thumb his nose at conservationists.

Virginia’s elected officials have turned their back on energy efficiency and left us addicted to coal at a time when natural gas is the cheaper short-term bet and wind energy is creating jobs almost as fast as coal is shedding them (a search for wind jobs in Virginia on indeed.com turns up 137 positions while a search for coal only returns 56). But Bill Bolling’s number one donor by far is Virginia’s coal-controlled energy industry. Second is real estate & construction – and you wonder why Virginia Republicans are pushing so hard for their “Agenda 639” to silence your community’s voices & promote sprawl?

  • kindler

    It’s just like Allen with the Macaca video — they put on this whole front of being pious statesmen devoted to family values, but their whole agenda really is just about power, plunder and politics.

    Would you trust your children’s future with these people? I wouldn’t.  

  • Susan Mariner

    So Lt. Governor Bolling’s COS Mr. Marcus actively tries to waste electricity and increase carbon emissions?  Does he do that in his taxpayer funded office or just at home?  Someone needs to ask him because Blue Virginia readers want to know…

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    The General Assembly, confronted with JLARC facts that their ridiculous tax break for coal companies designed to help keep jobs in the coal industry was totally ineffective and a waste of tens of millions of dollars in lost state revenue, extended those tax breaks, anyway. I wonder just how much money in campaign contributions(bribes) it took to get that result?  

  • James River Blues

    A staffer makes a joke on facebook, which means Boling and McDonnell hate the environment.  This seems like grasping at straws to me.