Keeping our Commonwealth's cities and communities safe
September 12, 2012
Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch editorializes, "The city of Chesapeake this week is expected to join Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Suffolk in opposing uranium mining. This may not get the attention of local legislators, many of whom are Republicans and tend to tut-tut environmental concerns. But the worries of Greens are being spun as a threat to a different kind of green: cash generated by tourism, the military and global shipping. The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, perhaps by next month, could come out against mining as an economic peril, making it a lot easier for self-styled pro-business Republicans to just say no to [uranium mining at] Coles Hill."
Progressive Point: Our leaders are elected to promote and protect our safety. Corporate interests and their lobbyists are pushing politicians to get rid of the ban on uranium mining, a ban that protects our clean drinking water. Communities across Virginia are rejecting uranium mining in Virginia and it's time for our leaders to do the same.
We need leaders who work for us--and will prioritize keeping us and the water we drink safe from radioactive waste--not the special interests who paid for their campaigns and have the most lobbyists. The middle class jobs of the future are in clean energy manufacturing. We should be creating these jobs now to stay competitive with countries like China. Clean energy will keep our economy moving forward and keeping the ban will keep Virginia safe without risking our communities' health.
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