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Three New US Energy Plans Worry Governor

Today, President Barack Obama announced three major energy and environmental initiatives designed to reduce dependence on foreign oil as well as reduce global warming emissions. But as WFPL’s Kristin Espeland Gourlay reports, Kentucky’s response was less than enthusiastic.

The initiatives have to do with biofuels for transportation, biomass crops for energy, and capturing and storing carbon from coal-fired power plants.  One new requirement is that makers of some biofuels must demonstrate their products generate significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline– from the first seedling to the gas tank.

Another is for a coordinated federal strategy to develop technologies for carbon capture and storage, and to ensure several new demonstration plants are online by 2016.  Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has written a letter to the president, claiming any regulatory changes for coal would stifle the industry and hurt the nation’s energy supply.