Coal and Water News

Senators Voting to Block EPA Rules Received 17 Times as Much Money from the Coal Mining Industry

November 17, 2015

U.S. Senators voting to block EPA’d climate change rules received, on average, 17 times as much money ($75,802) from the coal mining industry compared to senators voting against them ($4,464) between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2015. Thirteen senators, including both Kentucky senators – Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul – received more than $100,000 from the coal mining industry.

Health Care at Risk for 12,000 Retired Miners and Their Families

October 27, 2015

Peabody Energy, the nation’s largest coal company, is seeking release from a pledge to pay into a health insurance fund.

How can Kentucky transform its energy system?

October 22, 2015
Courier Journal

KFTC creating a 'people's plan' to cut carbon pollution

October 21, 2015
Lexington Herald Leader

This is great coverage from the Lexington Herald Leader about the launch of KFTC's Empower Kentucky project. The article quotes KFTC members Steve Wilkins and Chris Porter, among others. 

Group pushing for state residents to formulate a Clean Power Plan

October 21, 2015
The State Journal

This article describes Empower Kentucky, a project of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth aimed at getting community stakeholders to formulate their own clean energy plan by June 2016 in response to the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan.

Solar and wind power surge as mining and drilling falter

October 19, 2015
Dallas Morning News

While the production of fossil fuels drops in the U.S., solar and wind power is skyrocketing as technology and cheaper financing drive down the costs.

Members ask for strong protections for streams affected by mining

September 24, 2015 at 02:14pm

Members of KFTC, the Sierra Club, Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Appalachian Citizens Law Center, Kentucky Conservation Committee, Appalachian Voices, Kentucky Resources Council and others had a strong presence at a public hearing September 3 to advocate for the strongest possible protections for water in communities where coal is mined and downstream.

KFTC members "All In" during exciting annual meeting

August 25, 2015 at 10:15am

EmPower Kentucky panel at 2015 Annual Meeting

KFTC members affirmed once again that we are “all in” for a better Kentucky.

Celebration of Tanya Turner

At the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting August 21-23, members from across Kentucky gathered at General Butler State Park to strategize, envision, share ideas and have fun together.

Johns Hopkins Defies Senator Over Black Lung Probe

April 17, 2015
ABC News

The CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine has turned down U.S. Sen.

Ky. senators offer no leadership for E. Ky., ignore environment

June 29, 2015
Lexington Herald-Leader

Cleaning up the coal industry's legacy pollution seems a better idea than letting them create more of it. Community and economic development projects that could be funded through the Power+ Initiative would extend the benefits of the environmental cleanup. It makes good sense.