Written by Heather Warman and Deborah Payne as an op-editorial to the Courier-Journal. Find the original op-ed here.
For the first time in public debate with Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Sen. Mitch McConnell vocalized why coal is no longer king in this country. It’s because it affects our health. Wow. Of course McConnell was actually quoting his colleague, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on why he would not move new policies to expand coal in the US: “We talk about cost competitiveness, but one thing we fail to talk about is the costs that you don’t see on the bottom line. That is: Coal makes us sick.” Yes, a few words of truth did actually roll out of Washington, D.C.
Check out this clip from KET's Kentucky Tonight program on Energy Policy, featuring KEF Director Heather Warman.
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.”
Written by KEF Director Heather Warman as an op-editorial for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Find the original op-ed here.
Earlier this month, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its Fifth Assessment Report—a sobering document that outlines both the human effects on climate change and the consequences of inaction. Specifically, the report cites the dithering by our elected leaders as worsening the situation, as greenhouse gas emissions are increasing more dramatically than ever. However, the report did offer a ray of hope: that there is still a window of time to begin reversing the effects of climate change, and that the political will to do so is rising around the world.
Unfortunately, that is not the case here in Kentucky. Many of our elected officials and candidates continue to deny the existence of climate change, or that much of it is manmade. The coal industry continues to exert its influence on this issue, branding any efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions as a fictional War on Coal.
KEF Director Heather Warman was featured on the radio program Eastern Standard, broadcasted by WEKU and hosted by John Hingsbergen. To listen to the full discussion, click here.
"On this week’s show, we'll discuss the downturn in Eastern Kentucky coal mining, other challenges to the mining industry and hopes to rejuvenate or replace this important element of the Commonwealth's economy.
Guests: Bill Bissett, President ofthe Kentucky Coal Association;Andrew McNeill, Executive Director of the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association; and Heather Warman, Executive Director of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation."
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