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Senators Voting to Block EPA Rules Received 17 Times as Much Money from the Coal Mining Industry

November 17, 2015

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.

Health Care at Risk for 12,000 Retired Miners and Their Families

October 27, 2015

Peabody Energy, the nation’s largest coal company, is seeking release from a pledge to pay into a health insurance fund.

KFTC creating a 'people's plan' to cut carbon pollution

October 21, 2015

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. 

Group pushing for state residents to formulate a Clean Power Plan

October 21, 2015

This article describes Empower Kentucky, a project of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth aimed at getting community stakeholders to formulate their own clean energy plan by June 2016 in response to the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan.

Solar and wind power surge as mining and drilling falter

October 19, 2015

While the production of fossil fuels drops in the U.S., solar and wind power is skyrocketing as technology and cheaper financing drive down the costs.

Utilities don't plan to join the fight against the Clean Power Plan

October 13, 2015

This article summarizes Wall Street Journal findings that most utilities will not join the legal fight against the EPA's Clean Power Plan. The utilities say the new standard aligns with market forces the industry has already been following, includng a greater focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

KY legislators slam clean power plan

August 25, 2015

This article describes comments made by several state legislators at a meeting of a state task force looking at the impact of federal regulations, especially the Clean Power Plan, on Kentucky's economy.

Some see better future as coal wanes

August 5, 2015

This article describes the opportunity Kentuckians have to begin to transform our energy system, economy and politics in ways that are good for all people. It provides KFTC members' reactions to the EPA's Clean Power Plan, announced in August 2015.

Kentucky questions EPA 'quick' climate compliance

August 4, 2015

This article describes some confusion and dispute between the EPA and state of Kentucky over how much expected coal plant retirements will help Kentucky comply with the EPA's Clean Power Plan.


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