New Energy and Transition News

Stanley Sturgill talks of MTR mining consequences and moving to a Just Transition

June 16, 2017 at 02:06pm

Harlan County member Stanley Sturgill helped a ranking member of the U.S.

Cincinnati People's Climate Rally!

June 13, 2017 at 03:23pm

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth was a co-sponsor of the People's Climate Rally of Cincinnati! Though originally slated to happen on April 29th as a sister rally of the march, it was postponed to June 10th. 

‘Empower Kentucky’ for the future

April 20, 2017
Lexington Herald-Leader

(P)lenty of Kentuckians want to diversify the state’s energy mix to save money and create jobs.

New local jobs! Better health! Just Transition! Here's how.

April 19, 2017 at 12:11pm

There is a clear path forward for creating thousands of new Kentucky jobs in the energy industry while cutting pollution, lowering electric bills and investing billions of dollars in workers and communities affected by the decline in fossil fuels.

Trump, Congress must stand by coal communities

April 18, 2017
Lexington Herald-Leader

Coal-mining communities are the backbone of this country. For decades we’ve kept the lights on in America by sacrificing our personal well-being. We need Congress to act to protect the health and pension benefits under threat to expire at the end of this month.

Benham solar represents a much deeper transition plan

April 7, 2017 at 07:30am

The mountain community of Benham, Kentucky received a healthy dose of national attention recently when the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum announced it has installed solar panels to save thousands of dollars annually on its power bill.

Kentuckians organize for climate justice

April 6, 2017 at 10:36pm

This is a critical time in the movement to create jobs, protect our health and climate, and advance a just transition for affected workers and communities.

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.

“I’m stunned that any administration would disrupt 50 years of bipartisan efforts to improve the air we breathe and the water we drink,” said Steve Wilkins of Berea, a member of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. “How easy it is to forget days when people died from chemical hazes and when rivers burst into flames because our companies used our air and water as their dumping grounds.”

Big Sandy chapter hosts 8th annual Growing Appalachia conference

March 8, 2017 at 12:37pm

On February 25 the KFTC Big Sandy Chapter hosted the 8th annual Growing Appalachia conference. Folks from all across eastern Kentucky gathered at the Hindman Settlement School for a day of workshops on Kentucky wild edibles and medicinals, edible landscapes, saving money and energy through home energy efficiency, better gardening for beginner gardeners, and grafting apple trees. 

Don’t let utilities squash Kentucky’s solar entrepreneurs. Here’s a better plan.

February 25, 2017
Lexington Herald-Leader

With the General Assembly controlled by business-friendly Republicans, electric utilities might have sensed an opportunity to ram through legislation to limit the growth of independent solar power in Kentucky.

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