House Passes Bill to Let States Regulate Coal Ash

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash—a byproduct of burning coal for electricity. The bill gives control of coal ash disposal to the states, which are required to regulate it as least as stringently as municipal waste. Environmental groups opposed the bill, arguing […]

House Expected to Vote on Coal Ash Bill Tomorrow

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bill tomorrow that will block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash. The bill has support among House Republicans, but environmental groups are lobbying against it. The bill is sponsored by West Virginia Representative David McKinley. It would let individual states regulate the […]

Whitfield: Renewable Energy Isn’t Cheap

by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio The Kentucky Congressman who chairs a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee says increasing federal subsidies for renewable sources of energy will not lower energy costs or help the economy. Republican Ed Whitfield says federal support for renewables has increased from $5 billion to $14 billion in the last three […]

House Vote Expected Friday on Bill to Delay Air Regulations

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on a bill tomorrow that would change the way the Clean Air Act is administered. The bill is called TRAIN for short—the long name is the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011. TRAIN began as a bill to require analysis […]

Bills to Delay Air Rules Clear Congressional Subcommittee

Two bills to delay EPA air regulations cleared a subcommittee in the House of Representatives today. After two hours of spirited debate, the legislation advanced with no significant changes. The two bills target pending EPA rules to reduce air emissions from boilers and cement manufacturers. GOP members on the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power […]

Kentucky Lawmakers Respond to Jobs Plan

Elected officials in Kentucky are split along party lines on President Barack Obama’s jobs plan. Tonight, the president put forward a $450 billion proposal to create jobs. It calls for infrastructure spending, payroll tax cuts, an extension of unemployment benefits and reforms to Medicaid and Social Security. Junior Senator Rand Paul was the first lawmaker […]

Fancy Farm Speakers Line Up in Support of Coal

Much of the speaking at this weekend’s Fancy Farm picnic trended towards national issues. Candidates praised the military, worried about public debt and criticized what is—or isn’t—getting done in Washington. But coal and federal environmental regulations were also a target in several speeches. Coal crossed party lines at Fancy Farm, as both Democrats and Republicans […]

Beshear, Whitfield Discuss Flood Damage

by Angela Hatton and Lisa Autry, Kentucky Public Radio U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield is on a tour of western Kentucky counties affected by flooding and storms. The Congressman visited Calloway County this morning and spoke with Murray Mayor Bill Wells about severe damage from Monday night’s storms. Whitfield says they also spoke about federal grants […]

McConnell Seeks to Stop EPA From Further Regulating Carbon Emissions

McConnell calls such regulations “a back-door national energy tax,” and says they would lead to higher prices for gasoline, groceries, electricity and natural gas.

Representative Ed Whitfield of Kentucky has filed similar legislation in the House.

Carbon is a common pollutant and is linked to climate change. For more on the science of carbon emissions, watch this video from NPR and Robert Krulwich.

Congressman Complains about Art in San Francisco

Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield recently signed a letter to the National Endowment for the Arts complaining about the work of arts groups it had funded. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Whitfield of Hopkinsville signed the letter along with 49 other Republican congressman that objected to funding staff salaries of three San Francisco arts groups they […]