Caring. That comes in lieu of his actually doing anything about the plight of the poor people of Appalachia.
But never mind.
In his stopover, Kaine, according to the Roanoke Times, is going to take a tour of Mountain Rose Vineyards.
Why is that important?
Because Mountain Rose Vineyards was built on land that had once been a surface mine.
Governor Kaine to Visit Mountain Rose Vineyard in Wise - Not possible without Mountain Top RemovalThis is significant because we hear, from whiners like those at the Roanoke Times, that surface mining permanently scars the landscape and renders irreparable damage to a fragile ecological balance of flora, fawna, and boulders. And such bullshit.
Our part-time governor will visit my local winery Friday. As he tours the beautiful and productive site he will see the end result of surface mining. Land that was mined and provided jobs and tax revenue many years ago that now is still providing jobs and revenue paired with beauty.
Mountain Rose Vineyard's existence slaps that notion in the face. Where once inaccessible rocky crags existed, the fruit of the vine doth now grow.
I have in the past criticized Governor Kaine for his foolish notion that we can create tens of thousands of "green" jobs in the commonwealth. I don't take back that criticism because he refers to windmill and solar manufacturing jobs - a number that can better be counted on one's toes.
But Mountain Rose Vineyard gives support to the idea that green jobs are out there to be nurtured. If in small numbers.
Numbers that we'll cheer any day.