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Environment
5:40 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Carbon Emissions are at 20-Year Low

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

The Associated Press reports that the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere is at the lowest level in two decades. The information is from the Energy Information Administration, and though the story doesn’t mention this, it’s actually just a measure of the CO2 being released by the nation’s energy sector.

Government officials are pointing to a drop in coal burning and an increase in natural gas for the decline.

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Environment
2:00 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Lawmaker’s Potential Gain From Kentucky-India Coal Deal Raises Concern

The involvement of a state representative in a major coal deal in Kentucky is raising some eyebrows. Under the terms of a new $7 billion contract, Kentucky coal producers will ship nine million tons of coal a year to India for the next twenty-five years. Representative Keith Hall was instrumental in brokering the deal—and he represents both the people of Kentucky and his own private coal interests.

Hall's district covers part of coal-rich Pike County. He’s the chair of a special energy subcommittee, and the vice chair on the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

He also owns several coal-related businesses in the area—including mines—and sits on the board of FJS Energy. FJS is the New Jersey-based company that signed the deal with India.

“I’m not just a friend of coal,” Hall said. “I’m coal’s best friend.”

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Analyst: India Contract is a Big Deal, Won't Save Appalachian Coal

Nine million tons of Appalachian coal will be heading to India this year, after a new deal was announced yesterday between several Kentucky coal producers and an Indian company. This is good news for the struggling Kentucky coal industry—but it may not be enough.

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Environment
2:36 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Kentucky to Sell More Coal to India

Coal mines in Kentucky and West Virginia will send millions of tons of coal to India, under the terms of a 25-year contract that was signed today.

The $7 billion deal between FJS Energy, a New Jersey-based energy company, and a coal group in India will send 6 to 9 million tons of coal annually for use in Indian power plants and steel production. There are coal mines in India, too, but production is unable to meet growing demands.

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Local News
2:01 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Abramson Says Kentucky Should Increase Efforts to Create Green Jobs and Clean Energy

Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson says Kentucky needs to double its efforts to create clean energy and green jobs.

In a meeting with energy officials Wednesday, Abramson said the commonwealth needs to look to the future.

“We simply can not, should not and frankly we will not be able to keep doing things the way we have in the past.”

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Environment
8:39 am
Wed August 15, 2012

In Owensboro, Coal Vs. Girl Scouts?

The New York Times has a story up today about a contentious mine in Owensboro, Kentucky.

The Daviess County Fiscal Court voted earlier this month to allow a surface mine proposed by Western Kentucky Minerals. The mine would abut a Girl Scout camp: Camp Pennyroyal. Now, the decision is being appealed. But in the meantime, it's pitting residents against each other.

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Environment
11:14 am
Tue August 14, 2012

AFL-CIO Unveils New Ad Attacking Romney on Coal Mine Health and Safety

The AFL-CIO has launched a new direct mail campaign aimed at attacking Mitt Romney’s record on coal mine safety.

The ad features union president Richard Trumka, a third generation coal miner from Pennsylvania.

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Environment
6:30 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Filmmaker Presents Ideas for Developing Post-Coal Appalachian Economy

A filmmaker in North Carolina is working on a documentary that juxtaposes the coalfields of Appalachia with those of another area: Wales. He’ll present some of his findings for revitalizing a community after coal at a meeting this week.

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Environment
6:04 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Coal Conference is in Louisville This Week

Thousands of coal industry professionals will be in Louisville this week for a conference.

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Environment
1:29 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Kentucky Ranks First in Toxic Air Pollution from Power Plants

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Kentucky is number one on a list of the states with the most toxic air pollution from power plants.

The Natural Resources Defense Council analyzed the data self-reported by industries in the Toxic Release Inventory, which is managed by the federal government. The most recent data is from 2010, and that year, Kentucky’s power plants emitted more than 40 million pounds of toxic air pollution. This gives the state the dubious honor of being ranked number one in the nation.

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