12:53 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

More Coal Layoffs in Eastern Kentucky, But Don't Blame Environmental Regulations

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This week, Arch Coal idled its Cumberland River complex, laying off 213 coal miners. The mining operation spans the border between Letcher County, Ky., and Wise County, Va. 

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9:47 am
Mon July 21, 2014

New Carbon Capture System at Kentucky Plant Could Be 'Game-Changer'

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Kentucky has long been known for coal. But a new project unveiled today has the potential to let the commonwealth also be known for coal technology.

A bevy of scientists and elected officials are in Harrodsburg this morning to cut the ribbon on a new carbon capture pilot project. The project was developed by scientists at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research, and is being installed at Kentucky Utilities’ E.W. Brown power plant.

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8:02 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Does McConnell and Grimes' Focus on Coal Distract From Economic Diversification?

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 Despite the fact that Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes made clear their unqualified support of Kentucky's coal industry, coal continues to play a role in this year's Senate election.

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5:23 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of EPA in Mountaintop Removal Case

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A federal appeals court today ruled in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency in a case that will affect how states including Kentucky and West Virginia issue permits for mountaintop removal coal mines.

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3:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Kentucky Lawmakers Attack Climate Change Science In Discussion on Carbon Regulations

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FRANKFORT — State lawmakers' discussion Thursday of the effect of new EPA carbon emission regulations on Kentucky focused more on political attacks than hard science.

While committee members railed against the Obama Administration and the EPA regulations they admittedly don’t fully understand — the document is  about 700 pages — many lawmakers saw fit to attack the science behind climate change.

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2:16 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Releases Plan to Tackle Mine Safety, Black Lung Disease

Alison Lundergan Grimes vistited a Floyd County coal mine earlier this year.
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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes unveiled a plan Thursday to improve mine safety and address black lung diseases—an offensive campaign move on the Kentucky coal issue.

Her plan also takes Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to task for vowing to repeal a key provision in the Affordable Care Act that helps coal miners receive benefits for black lung disease.

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8:30 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Mitch McConnell's Coal Bill 'Inadequate,' Says Alison Lundergan Grimes Campaign

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Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes isn't giving an inch in the coal wars that federal regulators have ignited in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race this week.

In reaction to Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell's so-called "Coal Country Protection Action" the Grimes campaign said the measure isn't good enough.

From Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst:

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12:16 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Mitch McConnell Sponsors Coal Country Protection Act Targeting EPA Rules

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Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky introduced legislation that would block pollution regulations on existing coal power plants.

It's dubbed the "Coal Country Protection Action" and would require the U.S. Labor Department to prove that any restrictions by the Environmental Protection Agency will not eliminate jobs, raise utility bills or reduce electricity reliability.

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3:46 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Both McConnell and Grimes Vow to Fight New EPA Regulations

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
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Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes jousted Monday over who better defends the Kentucky coal industry against new federal pollution standards.

The Environmental Protection Agency's groundbreaking regulations announced Monday aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at power plants.

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5:41 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Kentucky Coal Association Warns Alison Lundergan Grimes Against Taking Environmentalist's Donations

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Coal Association is warning Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes against taking donations from a California billionaire known for environmental activism.

Grimes attended a meeting in Chicago on Tuesday with major Democratic donors. She is seeking the nomination to run against Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell in the fall.

The donors included NextGen Climate Action President Tom Steyer, who has pledged to work against candidates in favor of coal production in the United States.

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