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Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 10/04/2011

Environmentalists to rally outside McDonnell energy summit in Alexandria

Virginia environmentalists are not too pleased with Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) these days. They don’t sound all that happy with U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D) either.

They will hold a rally Tuesday morning outside an energy summit hosted by the Southern States Energy Board and McDonnell, the group’s chairman, in Alexandria. Several governors and U.S. senators, including Warner, will participate in the panels.

The Sierra Club and Chesapeake Climate Action Network want to know why the summit does not include discussions on renewable energy or energy efficiency. Instead the agenda includes panels on oil and gas drilling and nuclear energy.

“Governor McDonnell’s total exclusion from today’s energy summit of not only renewable energy, but how he will protect the health of Virginia families while providing the energy they need indicates that his priorities are misguided,” said Keith Thirion, Virginia organizer for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

McDonnell has declared October “energy month.” In addition to Tuesday’s meeting, he is also hosting a three-day board meeting for SSEB and the Second Annual Governor’s Conference on Energy.

The agenda for the energy conference is much broader and includes panels on renewable energy, efficiency and reducing America’s dependency on foreign oil.

“An objective view of the agenda and goals of this conference, and the governor’s overall energy initiatives, will clearly illustrate that our leaders are looking at all of these issues as they work to discuss energy policy in the region.’’ McDonnell spokesman Jeff Caldwell said.

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