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Two "friends of coal" prove they are no friends of coal miners with bills to gut safety inspections.
The state of Kentucky would stop inspecting coal mines for safety violations under a Senate bill filed Thursday, leaving the job entirely to federal inspectors, who visit mines less frequently.
Imagine if we replaced coal with cleaner sources of energy that drastically reduce the chances of our loved ones suffering from a deadly lung disease. Solar and other renewable forms of energy do not emit carbon dioxide or other pollutants that eat away at our lungs and harm the planet.
Kentucky’s House economic development committee heard on Thursday that the clean-energy industry added 3,159 jobs in North Carolina last year and now employs 26,000 people; then the committee approved a bill authorizing new tax incentives for the coal industry in Kentucky.
The governor was playing a bit of bait and switch.
What kind of governor does Matt Bevin want to be? We will get our first real look Tuesday night, when the newly elected Republican delivers his budget plan to the General Assembly.
Smart leaders would be looking to get Kentucky a bigger piece of the job growth in renewable energy and efficiency programs.
Gov. Matt Bevin’s legal reasoning may have been fuzzy, but his moral obligation is now clear: When the legislature convenes, the new Republican governor must overcome roadblocks within his party to restoring the voting rights of felons who have paid their debts to society.
The city power board in Benham is working with several non-profit organizations on a plan to improve the energy efficiency of scores of homes in the historic coal town in Harlan County, which International Harvester began building in 1909. Many of the homes were not well-insulated when they were built.
U.S. Senators voting to block EPA’d climate change rules received, on average, 17 times as much money ($75,802) from the coal mining industry compared to senators voting against them ($4,464) between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2015. Thirteen senators, including both Kentucky senators – Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul – received more than $100,000 from the coal mining industry.