State of Kentucky Archives: on Energy & Oil


Jack Conway: Maintain low energy rates by protecting coal economy

Kentucky's historically low energy rates are a critical economic asset that provides opportunities for our Commonwealth to attract businesses. As Kentucky's next Governor, Jack will continue fighting for Kentucky coal and its coal miners. Jack will fight to prevent the EPA from implementing policies that could cripple Kentucky's economy and hinder job growth.

Jack Conway is a leader in protecting Kentucky's coal economy. In 2013, Jack joined a bipartisan group of 26 other state Attorneys General and filed an Amicus Brief requesting the U.S. Supreme Court prevent the EPA from revoking coal permits after it revoked the permit of an operating coal mine, forcing it to shut down.

In 2015, Jack and 11 other state Attorneys General petitioned a Federal Court to force the EPA to halt its regulation designed to shut down currently operating coal-fired power plants. He believes the EPA is violating the Clean Air Act by not allowing Kentucky to develop its own plan to reduce emissions.

Source: 2015 Kentucky Governor campaign website, ConwayOverly.com Aug 11, 2015

Matt Bevin: Fight against EPA's relentless attacks on the coal industry

Our administration will aggressively fight against the EPA's war on the energy sector in Kentucky, particularly the relentless attacks on the coal industry. As Governor, I will exercise, to the fullest extent of the law, our state's constitutional rights and sovereignty. For example, I will refuse to enforce federal regulations that are in opposition to our own state interests.
Source: 2015 Kentucky Gubernatorial campaign website, MattBevin.com Aug 11, 2015

Mitch McConnell: I blocked the passage of Obama's cap-and-trade

[McConnell said at a debate]: "Secretary Grimes, if I may, Congress didn't pass what the president's doing [on coal]. We defeated it, when your party controlled both the House and the Senate by large majorities."

Grimes blamed McConnell for lost coal jobs, but he fired back that he was actually able to block the passage of cap-and-trade legislation when Democrats had a super majority of 60 votes in the Senate and it was a top presidential priority. He suggested that Obama is using executive orders because of his deft maneuvering in the Senate.

The challenge for McConnell is making sure that the swing voters left in this race do not see him as part of the problem in Washington.McConnell says he's not a scientist and doesn't know for sure if global warming is a problem. Grimes said, "I recognize, unlike Sen. McConnell, the realities of climate change, but I do believe we have to take a balanced approach."

Source: Politico.com on 2014 Kentucky Senate debate Oct 14, 2014

Alison Grimes: Balanced approach to deal with global warming

On climate change, Grimes said she believes the Earth is warming. "You know Mitch McConnell and I differ on this," Grimes said. "He still wants to argue with the scientists."

She then called for a "balanced" approach to dealing with climate change while preserving Kentucky's coal jobs.

The McConnell campaign responded to the interview in a statement, saying that the "Whether it was entertaining the legalization of recreational drug use, endorsing climate change or supporting gun control efforts at gun shows, she sounded exactly like the kind of partisan Obama loyalist that has been attacking Kentucky in Washington for the last six years," said a McConnell campaign spokeswoman.

During the interview, Grimes said she disagrees with Obama on "many issues." "Unfortunately, Mitch McConnell is the only one that doesn't realize that," Grimes said.

Source: Lexington Herald Leader on 2014 Kentucky Senate race Sep 25, 2014

Mitch McConnell: AdWatch: Fights EPA regulation on coal production

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is running an ad this week backing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., highlighting his challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency over regulations on coal production.

"A fighter who never lets Kentucky down," the Chamber says of McConnell in the ad that is airing now through Dec. 12 at a cost of $181,500, according to the latest report from the FEC.

Source: Huffington Post AdWatch on 2014 Kentucky Senate race Dec 5, 2013

Alison Grimes: Rely heavily on domestic coal, oil and natural gas

Developing Kentucky's energy will provide financial security to families across the state. Kentucky is leading the way in domestic energy development and the industry holds tremendous potential to grow our economy, create middle-class jobs and lower energy costs for families across the state. But Washington's regulatory barriers and burdensome taxes threaten this critical development in Kentucky.

I strongly oppose President Obama's attack on Kentucky's energy industry. This Administration has taken direct aim at Kentucky's coal industry, crippling our state's largest source of domestic energy and threatening thousands of jobs.

We must secure America's energy independence and reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil. Our nation's energy approach should rely heavily on coal, oil and natural gas, along with alternative sources of energy. Kentucky will lead this effort through continued coal production and exploration and development of natural gas.

Source: Secretary of State campaign website, alisonforkentucky.com Dec 31, 2012

Steve Beshear: To Washington: Get off our backs! about coal

And in Lexington we're working with federal partners to construct a national research laboratory that will develop and market advanced battery technologies for cars of the future. The center complements the comprehensive energy plan we put forth two year ago focusing on energy efficiencies... expanded alternative and renewable energies... and clean use of Kentucky coal. Coal provides 90 percent of our electricity and--because our rates are low--has helped us build a robust manufacturing industry. But all that is in jeopardy because Washington bureaucrats continue to try to impose arbitrary and unreasonable regulations on the mining of coal. To them I say "Get off our backs!" I will fight you for the right to cleanly and safely mine coal. I will fight you on behalf of 18,000 Kentucky coal miners who are working to feed their families. And I will fight you to keep this nation strong by supplying it with the energy it needs to remain the beacon of democracy in a troubled world.
Source: 2011 Kentucky State of the State Address Feb 1, 2011

Jack Conway: Protect coal even under cap-and-trade

PAUL: We now have an EPA that is writing rules, saying, "If Congress doesn't pass greenhouse emissions testing, we will simply do it on our own."

CONWAY: I'm against cap and trade, too. Always have been.

Q: Well, that's not true. You supported the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill back in 2009.

CONWAY: No, I didn't. I have said I'm always going to protect coal and I'm always going to protect electricity. I did not support Waxman-Markey. And I even took on the EPA. I filed a lawsuit against the EPA when they were doing just what Dr. Paul was describing.

PAUL: In June 2009 you issued a statement saying you supported the cap-and-trade bill and you were confident it could be reformed. You said you wanted to be part of the negotiated compromise.

CONWAY: I've been consistent in my position saying I'm going to stand up for Kentucky coal. I'm going to make certain we keep our electricity rates low.

Source: Fox News Sunday, 2010 Kentucky Senate debate Oct 3, 2010

Rand Paul: Unelected EPA should not regulate greenhouse emissions

Q: Dr. Paul, you believe the government should stay out of the private sector. You said, "Get rid of regulations. Get the EPA out of our coal business down here. Get OSHA out of our small businesses." Is there no role for government in protecting our environment?

PAUL: It's a combination of federal, state and local regulations. Which way do we want to shift the debate. Do we want more federal or more local? We now have an EPA that is writing rules, saying, "If Congress doesn't pass greenhouse emissions testing, we will simply do it on our own." I think the arrogance of unelected bureaucrats to say that they create law needs to come to an end. We need to say to unelected bureaucrats, "You do not make regulations. You do not write regulations."

CONWAY: I'm against cap and trade, too. Always have been.

Q: Well, that's not true. You supported the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill back in 2009.

CONWAY: No, I didn't. I have said I'm always going to protect coal.

Source: Fox News Sunday, 2010 Kentucky Senate debate Oct 3, 2010

Jack Conway: Coal yes; cap-and-trade no

Coal is a part of Kentucky that Conway says is important. "I'm against Cap and Trade," said Conway. "Always have been against Cap and Trade. I've been consistent on this issue. I worked for an energy governor. I've chaired energy task forces. I know that coal needs to be an important part of energy generation into the future."
Source: WBKO coverage of 2010 Kentucky Senate debate Aug 24, 2010

Bruce Lunsford: Expand drilling; draw strategic reserve; plus alternatives

Republican incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell touched on the debate over domestic oil drilling, which has been a hot-button issue in the campaign for US Senate. “In order to solve this problem, we have to do everything. We have to both find more and use less,” said McConnell, the Senate’s top-ranking Republican. McConnell also mentioned coal-to-liquid fuels, nuclear technology and even electric cars. “We’re not too many years away from the time when we’ll be plugging in our cars and trucks for the night,“ he said.

Bruce Lunsford said his energy plan includes expanded drilling, alternative fuels and drawing from the nation’s strategic petroleum reserve to lower gas prices. Lunsford said Republicans are pushing for expanded drilling because it is favored by the oil industry. ”What the Republicans have done led by Mitch McConnell is they have been industry-driven for every solution, because that’s who butters their bread,“ Lunsford said.

Source: 2008 Kentucky Senate debate reported by AP, in Forbes Mag. Sep 6, 2008

Mitch McConnell: Supports coal-to-liquid fuels, nuclear tech, & electric cars

Republican incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell touched on the debate over domestic oil drilling, which has been a hot-button issue in the campaign for US Senate. “In order to solve this problem, we have to do everything. We have to both find more and use less,” said McConnell, the Senate’s top-ranking Republican. McConnell also mentioned coal-to-liquid fuels, nuclear technology and even electric cars. “We’re not too many years away from the time when we’ll be plugging in our cars and trucks for the night,“ he said.

Bruce Lunsford said his energy plan includes expanded drilling, alternative fuels and drawing from the nation’s strategic petroleum reserve to lower gas prices. Lunsford said Republicans are pushing for expanded drilling because it is favored by the oil industry. ”What the Republicans have done led by Mitch McConnell is they have been industry-driven for every solution, because that’s who butters their bread,“ Lunsford said.

Source: 2008 Kentucky Senate debate reported by AP, in Forbes Mag. Sep 6, 2008

Mitch McConnell: Has clout to implement GOP solutions for high gas prices

Throughout the forum, McConnell returned over and over to three themes--energy, clout and what he said was Lunsford’s allegiance to the AFL-CIO. He said the labor organization is diametrically opposed to the interests of the farm bureau.

McConnell said that Republicans have the best solutions for high gas prices and that as Senate minority leader he can get more done than a freshman Democrat. And he said that the labor unions supporting Lunsford would control him in Washington. “I’m not there to do the bidding of organized labor like my opponent,” McConnell said. “If they deliver for him, believe me, he’ll deliver for them.”

Afterward, Lunsford said that he has met with the AFL-CIO and other labor groups and that he has no problem with any of the issues they asked him to support. But he said he isn’t under the union’s thumb. “I don’t think I’ll be a puppet for anyone,” he said.

Source: 2008 Kentucky Senate debate reported in Courier-Journal Aug 21, 2008

Bruce Lunsford: Double oil production by developing 70M federal acres

I support legislation recently proposed by Rep. John Yarmuth. His creative solution to increase domestic oil production will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and hold Big Oil accountable for failing to develop nearly 70 million acres of federal land they’re not using. This could double domestic oil production if tapped. It’s time we hold Big Oil accountable for their actions...or inactions in this case.
Source: 2008 Kentucky Senate Debate on Political Base website Jun 18, 2008

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