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Governor: Clean Energy = Virginia Jobs

December 9, 2009

ARLINGTON, Va. - The transition to a future of clean, sustainable energy will create jobs in Virginia and enhance national security by weaning the nation off its dependence on foreign oil, says Gov. Tim Kaine. He was joined this week at a Clean Energy Economy Forum by U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and former five-term U.S. Senator John Warner.

Warner, a Republican and former head of the U.S. Navy, is now a strong advocate for action on climate change. In his remarks, Gov. Kaine, a Democrat, noted Virginia's strong military tradition and ties to the Department of Defense (DOD).

"We're probably as military a state as there is, in terms of the percentage of our population that is veterans, active- duty guardsmen, and DOD civilians. We have as many installations per capita as virtually any state, so the national security implications for us are huge."

Kaine said the Department of Defense sees climate change as what it terms a 'threat multiplier,' because it causes further stress in regions of the world that already are volatile. He told the crowd that President Obama has opted to put unused federal bank bailout funds to work in state-run weatherization programs, creating the types of jobs that cannot be shipped overseas.

"The upside opportunities for our Commonwealth, if we get this right, are very, very dramatic. And it's an important week to be talking about this, with the President preparing to go and sit down in a meaningful way with the leaders of the world."

Obama has said he will attend the final portion of the United Nations' climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, which began this week. News of his presence there has raised expectations for a worldwide climate agreement.

The Clean Energy Forum was held at Washington-Lee High School, a LEED-certified "green" building in Arlington. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system for energy-efficient construction developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Aries Keck, Public News Service - VA