Addressing the Southern Governors' Association on Monday, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine called for southern states to develop a regional, comprehensive energy plan to address climate change. From the Richmond Times-Dispatch,
"The issue of energy and how we will we provide power for homes, businesses, transportation has gone from a back-burner issue to a front-burner issue -- thank goodness," Kaine told a meeting of the Southern Governors' Association on the final day of its annual conference, held at The Greenbrier resort. "There is no doubt that the science shows that climate change is happening."With 26 of the nation's 65 nuclear power plant sites located in states with governors in the SGA, I think it's safe to say that nuclear will be part of any conversations about comprehensive energy initiatives.
Kaine, the incoming chairman of the 16-state SGA, said regional consensus on a policy is necessary to wield more clout in Washington.
"We shouldn't be absent at the table as the federal framework is being hammered out.