Last week, a legislative oversight committee refused to renew a $200,000 contract the state has with the Center for Climate Strategies. The center is assisting a state panel looking for ways the commonwealth can cope with climate change. Apparently some lawmakers fear the center’s efforts will hurt the state’s coal industry, but Gov. Beshear disagrees.
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.