Coal and Water News

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.

Kentuckians can handle the truth, the coal truth and nothing but the truth

October 28, 2016
Lexington Herald-Leader

Natural gas is expected to overtake coal this year as the country’s No. 1 source of power and could continue to underprice coal for the next 20 to 50 years.

Federal review to look at mining’s health damages

October 5, 2016 at 09:36pm

After more than a decade of studies pointing to significant health impacts for Appalachian residents living near mountaintop removal operations, the federal government has decided to take a look.

Conferences offer competing environmental views

September 19, 2016
The Courier-Journal

The 40th Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment on Wednesday and Thursday in Lexington has 34 listed speakers or moderators, but only two of them come from a non-profit, environmental advocacy background.

Look what KFTC members did in 2015

March 29, 2016 at 01:58pm

KFTC members did some amazing work in 2015.

We took our climate justice work to the world stage at the COP21 climate talks in Paris, helped pass a minimum wage increase in Lexington, and moved the needle on voting rights. And in communities across Kentucky, we raised our voices for renters’ rights, environmental protection, racial justice and more.

We’re pleased to share with you the 2015 KFTC Annual Report.

You’ll see lots of faces and some important wins. And you’ll see the New Power we’re building together to achieve the Kentucky we envision.

Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for your part in making 2015 great.

Killing workers to create coal jobs?

March 8, 2016
Lexington Herald-Leader

Two "friends of coal" prove they are no friends of coal miners with bills to gut safety inspections.

Senate bill would end state safety inspections of coal mines

March 4, 2016
Lexington Herald-Leader

The state of Kentucky would stop inspecting coal mines for safety violations under a Senate bill filed Thursday, leaving the job entirely to federal inspectors, who visit mines less frequently.

Community conversations will help shape Empower Ky. Plan

March 1, 2016 at 05:13pm

Kentuckians will have the opportunity this spring to help shape a new Empower Kentucky Plan to map out an energy future for Kentucky that grows jobs, benefits health and addresses racial and economic inequality while doing our part to reduce the risks of climate change.

The Empower Kentucky Plan will be informed by diverse public input, including ideas generated at a series of “A Seat at the Table” community conversations hosted by Kentuckians For The Commonwealth in April and May.

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