Coal and Water News

Trump’s climate denials take away opportunities for jobs and better health in Kentucky

March 28, 2017 at 03:09pm

The opportunity Kentuckians have to transition to a clean energy economy is being thwarted by President Trump’s abandonment of U.S. climate commitments to stop harmful pollution, Kentuckians across the state are pointing out.

The Obama Idea to Save Coal Country

March 10, 2017
Politico

As part of the 2016 budget, the Obama White House created something called the POWER Plus plan specifically to help Appalachian communities that were getting left behind because of the rapidly changing energy market.

Struggle over retired coal miners’ health care comes back to Capitol Hill

March 2, 2017
Lexington Herald-Leader

A dispute over fixing the health care fund of thousands of retired coal miners almost shut down the federal government in December. The solution was only temporary, and the issue is about to command Congress’ attention again.

As State Loosens Oversight, Coal Ash Contaminates Central Kentucky Waterway

February 28, 2017
WFPL-FM

As Kentucky regulators and utilities are pushing to loosen regulations on the state’s coal ash ponds and landfills, more pollution problems are emerging at one of the sites in central Kentucky.

Coal rules protect creation

February 19, 2017
The Courier-Journal

The Commonwealth of Kentucky is incredibly blessed with beautiful abundant natural resources. Unfortunately we have been reckless with those resources and have trampled our water, soil and air. Charles G.

We Stood For Kentucky

February 13, 2017 at 05:24pm

Showing that we are solid as a rock, rooted like a tree and standing strong, hundreds of KFTC members and friends took to the halls of the state capitol on Tuesday to Stand For Kentucky.

Nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. EPA threatens our health and climate

January 17, 2017 at 11:18pm

Among the many fossil-fueled extremists and climate deniers nominated by president-elect Donald Trump to lead key federal agencies, Scott Pruitt stands out as an extreme choice.

Ross Reviewed: Trump’s Choice For Commerce Left Mixed Legacy In Ohio Valley

January 16, 2017
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The billionaire Wilbur Ross is headed for Senate confirmation hearings as President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of the Department of Commerce. Ross made it to ultra-rich status in part by salvaging coal and steel assets in Appalachia and the Rust Belt.

Water Safety Activism in Rural Red States Impedes Fossil Energy Development

December 9, 2016
Circle of Blue

Efforts in Kentucky to stop a hazardous liquids pipeline proposal reflect a movement across the country — encompassing tens of thousands of residents and many elected local and state officials who supported a pro-pipeline president-elect. In many cases the protests are assisted by state, regional, and national environmental advocacy organizations.

Mapping environmental (in)justice in Kentucky

December 8, 2016 at 01:13pm

As KFTC members work to design a new, clean energy system for our state, we want principles of environmental justice and health equity to be at the front and center of our process and plan. Developing an Environmental Justice analysis is one important step we are taking to better understand which communities in our state are most affected by pollution, poor health, economic inequality and racial injustice.

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