Romney Energy Policy Would Heavily Back Coal Industry

In an editorial published in the Columbus Dispatch on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney outlined his energy policy that includes a resounding endorsement of the coal industry. Last year, if you recall, the former Massachusetts governor first visited Kentucky for a fundraiser hosted by coal company owner Joe Craft, an influential political player who […]

Obama Calls For New ‘Square Deal’, Super PACs Will Likely Spend $1 Billion on 2012 Election, Pike County Community Sues Coal Company for Flood Damage: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm President Barack Obama is making a pitch to middle-class voters today in Kansas, talking about his proposed payroll tax cut and his plan to extend unemployment benefits. 1:11pm We are likely to see as much as a billion dollars spent by Super PACs to determine the outcome of the 2012 elections. These Super PACs […]

Romney Appearing in Kentucky for Fundraiser

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is scheduled to vist in Kentucky on November 17 to attend a fundraiser hosted by an influential businessman who is known as the “face of coal” in the commonwealth. The big-ticket event will be the former governor of Massachusetts’ first stop in the commonwealth during his 2012 bid for the […]

Afternoon Review: Race-Based Discrimination in the Coal Industry, Fischer Promotes Obama’s Jobs Plan, Beshear Criticized for Skipping Debates, and a Landmark Returns to 4th Street

The federal government has filed a lawsuit on behalf of thirteen Kentucky coal miners who say they were discriminated against over their race. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit earlier this week in the Western District of Kentucky against River View Coal. Addressing local unemployment and the city’s infrastructure needs, Louisville Metro Mayor […]

EPA Tours Eastern Kentucky: State of the News

WFPL environment reporter Erica Peterson tagged along with two EPA officials this past week as they toured Eastern Kentucky meeting with residents of communities affected by coal mining.   Region Four administrator Gwen Keyes Fleming and senior advisor for environmental justice Lisa Garcia of EPA heard from several residents and members of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth […]

Paul Denounces EPA for Coal Miners’ Week

While officials from the Environmental Protection Agency tour eastern Kentucky to asses the effect of coal mining on residents, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., denounced the agency as an “out of control” bureaucracy that is waging a war the industry. For most of this week, WFPL Environment Reporter Erica Peterson has been following EPA officials […]

Checking in With Erica Peterson in Eastern Kentucky

WFPL Environment Reporter Erica Peterson is in eastern Kentucky. She’s following Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator Gwen Keyes Fleming and senior advisor for environmental justice Lisa Garcia as they tour communities affected by coal mining. Today, she called the newsroom with updates on her trip. From Erica: The first stop was in Manchester. There’s a woman […]

Conservationist Says Beshear Wrong About “War on Coal”

Responding to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s claim that the federal government is the reason for rising utility bills, the director of the Kentucky Resources Council says the governor should strive to lower electricity consumption instead of blaming regulators. Last month, Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities’ announced a rate increase up to 19 percent. […]

Beshear Marks Earth Week in Kentucky

Declaring that few places compare to Kentucky’s natural beauty in the springtime, Gov. Steve Beshear proclaimed April 16-22, 2011 as Earth Week in the commonwealth. This year’s theme is “Playground Earth: Get Outside, Kentucky!”. In response, the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) plans to sponsor its first environmental photography contest for middle school students in […]