Tom and I recently traveled to Charleston, West Virginia, to speak at the “Save Our State” Tea Party Rally at the State Capitol Complex near the World War I Memorial.

The rally was a protest against West Virginia’s House Bill 103, passed in June 2009, that mandates utilities to use alternative sources of power such as wind and solar in their energy portfolio.

This legislation is essentially a cap-and-trade law that forces energy utilities to use less coal and to replace it with more expensive energy sources.

State interference in the electricity market will result in higher utility bills and job losses.

Read the news coverage of this event by WVGazette.com, StateJournal.com, and WOWKTV-13 News.