Have you noticed how Ken Cuccinelli is always talking about how Virginia can’t possibly handle strengthening its renewable energy standards, as dozens of other states have done (among other things, Cooch falsely claims that clean energy would be more expensive than new coal or nuclear power plants)? Apparently, Cuccinelli has so little confidence in Virginians that he thinks we can’t handle what Texas, California, Iowa, Maryland, New Jersey, and a bunch of other states are already doing. Just today, for instance, I saw this article in the Boston Globe (“Wind power now competitive with conventional sources“):
The state’s biggest utilities, in a milestone for New England’s wind power industry, have signed long-term contracts to buy wind-generated electricity at prices below the costs of most conventional sources, such as coal and nuclear plants.
The contracts, filed jointly Friday with the Department of Public Utilities, represent the largest renewable energy purchase to be considered by state regulators at one time. If approved, the contracts would eventually save customers between 75 cents and $1 a month, utilities estimated.
“This proves that competitively priced renewable power exists and we can get it, and Massachusetts can benefit from it,” said Robert Rio, a spokesman for Associated Industries of Massachusetts, a trade group that represents some of the state’s biggest electricity users.
The utilities – National Grid, Northeast Utilities, and Unitil Corp. – would buy 565 megawatts of electricity from six wind farms in Maine and New Hampshire, enough to power an estimated 170,000 homes.
So, add Massachusetts to the list of states – both “red” and “blue,” I’d point out – which Ken Cuccinelli apparently believes are better (smarter?) than Virginia, as they can apparently handle stuff we can’t, in his bizarre/warped view. Weird dude, also ignorant as can be. Let’s just make sure he doesn’t come anywhere close to the Governor’s mansion.