FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says he is encouraging
President Barack Obama to protect the energy interests of Kentucky
and other coal-producing states.
Beshear and several other governors met with Obama on Wednesday.
The Democratic Kentucky governor said he told the president that
so-called "cap-and-trade" legislation would be a bad deal for
Kentucky. And Beshear said he complained to Obama about
"unconscionable delays" by federal agencies in deciding whether
to approve mining permits in Kentucky.
Beshear said nearly 50 requests for surface mining permits are
under review by the Environmental Protection Agency. He said some
of the requests were submitted more than five years ago.
Beshear said abrupt changes in coal regulations would balloon
energy costs and cripple manufacturing industries in Kentucky,
which has relatively low electricity rates.
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