Statehouse Beat: Nothing ‘woke’ about wanting modern energy options | Phil Cabler

Mon. Phillips rupeesR-Logan, made news recently for opposing state funding to attract Form Energy, a manufacturer of high-capacity energy storage batteries, to West Virginia, stating, “This is coal money that we’re giving to a woke company.”

That statement was interesting on many levels, including that, to Phillips’ mind, state tax dollars — the bill in question makes a supplemental appropriation of $105 million of surplus revenue to the state Department of Economic Development (House Bill 2882) — rightfully belongs to the coal industry.

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