The Times West Virginian

West Virginia

July 19, 2008

McCain proposes $2B for clean coal


“We’re sitting on the world’s largest coal reserves,” he said. “We are dependent of foreign oil to the point where it is an economic, environmental and international security issue, so we must make use of coal, and I believe we can through the use of clean coal technologies.”

On other energy issues, McCain is more in line with his Republican colleagues. He has called for an end to a federal ban on offshore oil drilling and promotes expansion of domestic oil and natural gas drilling. He has proposed building 45 new nuclear plants by 2030, calling them a clean alternative that doesn’t emit greenhouse gases. McCain also is proposing a federal fuel tax holiday to help motorists cope with rising gas prices.


Another area where McCain is sticking close with his party is in tax policy.

The candidate has pledged to extend several tax cuts made by the Bush administration that are set to expire in 2011. McCain had at one time opposed the cuts, but later switched his position. Democrats argue the tax cuts largely favor the well-to-do rather than middle-class families.

“To raise taxes during a time of economic difficulties will make the situation far worse,” McCain said, explaining his reasoning.

McCain also is proposing a handful of his own tax cuts. He wants to lower the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent, saying the current rate is the second highest in the world and discourages business investment.

For families, he is proposing doubling the exemption for dependents from $3,500 to $7,000 per dependent. McCain said he also would push to eliminate the alternative minimum tax, a potential tax on the middle class Congress has been working to cut off but has so far failed to do so.

“If you want to raise taxes, I’m not your candidate,” he said. “Sen. Obama is. He is the one who wants to raise taxes.”

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West Virginia
  • Lawsuit filed over Dirty Girl Mud Run

    A lawsuit has been filed against the producers of a run that was canceled in Charleston in which participants were told they wouldn’t be issued refunds.

    July 24, 2014

  • WVa. man sues GM over wife's death

    A West Virginia man has filed a lawsuit against General Motors Corp., claiming a defective ignition switch in a Chevrolet Cobalt caused a 2006 accident that killed his pregnant wife.

    July 24, 2014

  • Feds commit to health studies on spilled chemical

    After largely dismissing the possibility of long-term health problems, federal officials will conduct more studies on chemicals that spilled into West Virginia’s largest drinking water supply in January.
    In the next two months, federal health officials are also heading back to West Virginia.

    July 24, 2014

  • Park Service assesses impact of W.Va. attractions

    Four National Park Service attractions in West Virginia drew a total of 1.5 million visitors last year.

    July 23, 2014

  • This weekend's 'Dirty Girl' race canceled

    Organizers of a Charleston running event that was canceled for this weekend says it won’t issue refunds.

    July 23, 2014

  • Reporter heard truck backfiring, not gunshot

    Similar sounds in different circumstances create different reactions. That is so for WVVA reporter Annie Moore, who last Monday told police someone fired a gun at her while she was shooting file footage in the area of a recent murder.

    July 19, 2014

  • Cornhole champions being decided in Charleston

    Cornhole, the strange-sounding game made popular in backyards and at football tailgate parties, is taking on a serious side this week.
    The American Cornhole Organization will crown its world champions as about 380 competitors from 17 states vie for $10,000 in prize money in singles and doubles events.

    July 19, 2014

  • Multi-state distracted driving enforcement planned

    Law enforcement agencies in six states plan participate in a weeklong campaign targeting distracted driving.

    July 18, 2014

  • Female guard accused of having sex with juvenile inmate

    A West Virginia Division of Corrections officer has been charged with having sexual contact with a female juvenile inmate at the Lincoln Detention Center in Wheeling.

    July 18, 2014

  • Two charged in 1999 disappearance of W.Va. women

    Two men have been indicted on murder charges stemming from the 1999 disappearance of a West Virginia woman and her daughter.
    A Lewis County grand jury charged both Charles Stephen Freeman, 51, of Archbold, Ohio, and Joseph Metz, 39, of Horner with two counts of first-degree murder on Wednesday in a sealed indictment, media outlets reported.

    July 18, 2014

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