From the Associated Press:
The West Virginia Senate on Friday passed a bill encouraging power companies to use solar energy in a bid to lure businesses to the state. But they’re making it clear that they don’t want the coal industry to feel left out.
The proposal, which would create a regulatory program for utilities to use a small amount of renewable energy, cleared the Senate on a unanimous vote.
The state commerce department pushed for the bill, saying big companies want to know that they can use renewable energy sources before relocating to a state.
The article quotes both Republican and Democratic senators and while supporting the bill, each makes sure to include proper deference to the fossil fuel industries. Typical:
Sen. Charles H. Clements, a Wetzel County Republican, said West Virginia needs to do what it can to attract new businesses but was quick to make his position on fossil fuels clear.
“My remarks do not mean in any way that I do not support our coal or natural gas industry,” he said at the start of his speech.