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Budget will show what kind of governor Bevin wants to be

January 24, 2016

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.

Ky. should get in on new energy boom

January 6, 2016

Smart leaders would be looking to get Kentucky a bigger piece of the job growth in renewable energy and efficiency programs.

Bevin should fight for voting rights

December 30, 2015

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.

Historic Harlan County coal town has ambitious plan to make homes more energy efficient

December 29, 2015

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.

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.

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