Fact Check: Cuccinelli ad ties McAuliffe to War on Coal - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Fact Check: Cuccinelli ad ties McAuliffe to War on Coal

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Coal, it's an important issue for many in Southwest Virginia and one Republican Ken Cuccinelli is hoping to win.

This week Cuccinelli's campaign released a new ad attacking Democrat Terry McAuliffe and President Barack Obama for their stance on coal plants.

"Obama's war on coal is intensifying, threatening new government regulations that would outlaw coal plants," the announcer in the ad says.

This is referring to new EPA emission standards that would make it difficult to build coal plants.

It's important to remember this would only effect future plants, not those already up and running.

Also, the statement is from the vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a conservative lobbyist group not affiliated with the government.

"As governor, Terry McAuliffe would support him," the announcer says referring to President Obama.

It is true that McAuliffe has publicly said he supports the new EPA regulations.

"As governor, I never want another coal plant built," McAuliffe said in the ad.

The quote is from a Democratic governor's debate in 2009 between mcAuliffe and his then primary opponent Creigh Deeds.

Back then McAuliffe offered little hope for future coal plants.

But this election cycle he's softened his stance, telling the Bristol Herald Courier this spring that, "coal would remain an important part of Virginia's economy."

Although growing green jobs is still a primary focus of McAuliffe's campaign.

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