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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.
Peabody Energy, the nation’s largest coal company, is seeking release from a pledge to pay into a health insurance fund.
This is great coverage from the Lexington Herald Leader about the launch of KFTC's Empower Kentucky project. The article quotes KFTC members Steve Wilkins and Chris Porter, among others.