Panel Ends Contract With D.C. Environmental Group

by kespeland on August 13, 2010

The Kentucky Climate Action Plan Council, convened by Governor Steve Beshear, is expected to produce a final report and recommendations later this year for addressing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change.

But without the assistance of a consulting firm it was counting on, it’s no longer clear whether the plan will be on time. A Kentucky legislative oversight committee voted not to renew the consulting firm’s $200,000 contract, criticizing the Washington D.C.-based Center for Climate Strategies’ influence. But Energy and Environment Cabinet spokesman Dick Brown says legislators need not be concerned.

“We have tried to alleviate those fears and those concerns, particularly as they relate to what this group means to the Kentucky Climate Council, and the work of the Council, and what the intent is. The intent is not related to moving away from coal as an energy source,” he said.

Brown says Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary Jonathan Miller can still override the legislators’ decision and renew the consulting firm’s contract.

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Alex August 14, 2010 at 9:11 am

After hearing this report for a couple days straight, I’ve been disappointed in the biased coverage it provides. What, for instance, was the Center for Climate Strategies criticized for? How did they influence the plan for addressing greenhouse gasses? Why should we not be concerned when the Secretary has to override “a legislative oversight committee?” As a relatively new Kentucky resident concerned about pollution, I’d truly like to hear more background on this issue.

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