Beshear Wants Energy Plan For Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear is planning a new
energy policy for Kentucky he says should rely more on coal and aim
at creating new jobs and renewable power sources.

Beshear says he expects Energy and Environment Secretary Len
Peters to have the report finished by September. The Democratic
governor says he wants the plan, among other things, to suggest
ways for reducing Kentucky's reliance on energy and increase coal
production in the state.

Beshear says he also wants Kentucky to rely more on renewable
energy such as wind and solar sources. Beshear says the state
should find ways to make Kentucky coal "cleaner and greener."

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  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Jul 17, 2008 at 02:41 PM
    The DEMOCRATIC congress has blocked President Bush at every step in his regard to establishing energy independence. They want bio-fuels or nothing. Bio-fuels are the environmental wacko's means of decreasing the surplus population by decreasing the food supply by diverting it to fuel. People! you need to read some of the stuff Al Gore and his ilk put out. It is Scary. I am all for taking care of the planet but not at the expense of humanity. There is so much technology out there to make us energy independent but the democrats blocking it in the name of Environmentalism. Their motive--to maintain power. The big oil companies are an easy target but the government is making just as much off high oil prices as oil companies. Notice, they are not offering to reduce tax revenues on every gallon of gas sold here. So the Democrats better stop blaming oil and start drilling, and developing other means of energy BESIDES biofuels.
  • by Eddie Location: Pikeville on Jul 17, 2008 at 01:17 PM
    Sam, I noticed you blame Bush and McConnell, are you aware Obama is on record saying he would "use every tool at his disposal to ban new coal-fired plants"? Or that he would only support coal to liquid if it can reduce emissions by 80%? Whats he gonna do if it "only" reduces emissions by 70%? Obama would be the death knell for the Kentucky economy. I realize we need to go cleaner and greener, and anonymous had some good suggestions regarding hydrolectric at Fishtrap Dam, maybe even the wind farms on a mountaintop somewhere.
  • by sam Location: Hyden on Jul 17, 2008 at 08:06 AM
    If the governor truly wants an energy policy for Kentucky then he needs to work his tail off making sure that the state goes Democrat in November considering Bush and McConnell haven't been able to establish on for the last 8 years.
  • by Anonymous Location: Pikeville on Jul 17, 2008 at 07:17 AM
    Very good thing. I think that Fishtrap could very well be converted to hydroelectric. That could help a lot. There could also be another hydroelectric plant built in the cut through area between the rocks. Wind generators on the hilltops would be nice also. Wind farms could generate a lot of power. How about maybe using some of the coal severence money to put this stuff in. It's our tax money, so it can be used to benefit us. Cheaper, cleaner energy benefits us all.


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