Despite four years of review and debate, opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, many from out of state, determined legal action was necessary to make up for failed arguments to convince multiple regulatory agencies at the state and federal level to block this very necessary project.
Rather than ensure the pipeline is built safely and efficiently, opponents have only stalled Virginia’s transition to a cleaner burning energy source, one desperately needed in parts of Virginia, especially here in this region, to meet existing and projected customer demand. Many who champion alternative energy sources are unaware that according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration only 8.2 percent of our energy is provided by solar and wind, a percentage that will remain static until we solve the problem of how to store the energy they provide.
Reliable energy is absolutely necessary to the health and protection of our population and to ensure a robust economy. In addition, many are unaware that the United States met the Kyoto protocols, even though we didn’t join it, and a large part of why we met the protocol was our use of clean natural gas.
Why would we want to stop that progress?
As a School Board member I championed skilled, well-paying jobs, and each day without construction is another day where a worker doesn’t have a good paying job.
I also highly favor fiscal responsibly, and each day without construction increases the cost of this project; each day without construction is one more day until localities across the route will benefit from substantial property taxes generated by a fully operational ACP.
Pipeline opponents in Virginia have consistently proven they will oppose all regulatory decisions that allow for construction, no matter how open and thorough the process. Protest tactics toward another pipeline resulted in a half a million dollars’ worth of destruction.
All Virginians should deem this type of action unacceptable. Opponents should accept the overwhelming approval of the ACP by regulatory bodies that frequently rule in their favor on other large projects.
People’s livelihoods and Virginia’s economic future depend on it.