Written by KEF Outreach Coordinator Shelly Biesel as an op-editorial for the Courier-Journal, find the original version here.
Perhaps the most accurate statement regarding the 2015 Government Spending Bill came from Sen. John McCain, who was quoted saying "it's jammed full of sh--." The "cromnibus" bill appropriates $1.01 trillion, and will keep most government offices in operation through September. Though House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers called the bill "a win for Kentucky," it depends on how you look at it. Personally, the bill makes me uneasy. Here's why:
Article written by Lisa Abbott for Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. Find the original story here.
Kentucky was well represented by grassroots voices at the first hearings held this week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.
Forty citizens from Owensboro, Bowling Green, Louisville, Lexington, Morehead, Berea, Burnside, Inez, Hazard and Whitesburg made the long drive from Kentucky to Atlanta, Georgia on July 28-29 to urge the EPA to strengthen the draft power plant rules. In addition, a KFTC member from Harlan County spoke at the EPA hearing in Denver, Colorado, along with allies from other Central Appalachian states.
Written by KEF Director Heather Warman as an op-editorial for the Courier-Journal. Find the original op-ed here.
In early June, the Environmental Protection Agency released new national carbon emissions standards aimed to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide pollution thirty percent by 2030. The proposed regulations are a landmark, the first ever attempt at limiting these harmful emissions. Although the new standards were designed to allow states flexibility in reaching the target levels, many Kentucky politicians were quick to brand the effort as a new phase in the mythical “War on Coal.”
Radio piece by Dan Conti for WMKY. Listen to the original story here.
The executive director of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation says implementation of the EPA’s new carbon emission standards could save Kentucky a lot of money and improve the health of its people. Heather Warman offered that analysis on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight.”
The EPA this week outlined its plans for reducing carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030 and they’ve been criticized as economically damaging to the Commonwealth by politicians in both parties.
However, Warman says there’s a bigger picture to consider. She says Kentucky’s actual costs for burning coal should include health factors.
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