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Louisiana ahead of the game on EPA emissions regulations

Louisiana’s natural gas industry is saving them from the same headache facing many states regarding Obama’s carbon emissions plan released on June 2. While much of the country worries about coal plant closures, coal only provides about 13% of Louisiana’s energy, according to an article written by Jennifer Larino for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Instead of converting to natural gas, ...

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Photo Gaffes Generate Attacks in Kentucky Campaign

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By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press Campaign photos showing a Greek power plant and a Ukrainian model posing as a coal miner have raised questions about the authenticity of the candidates’ pitches to voters in Kentucky’s hard-hitting Senate race. Accusations of misusing stock photos are flying between the campaigns of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Democratic ...

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Legislative committees meeting in Owensboro


Steve Vied, Messenger-Inquirer Officials of the Kentucky Gas Association are scheduled to make a presentation Thursday entitled “The Natural Gas Industry in the Commonwealth” to a combined meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly’s Special Subcommittee on Energy and the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment. The agenda for the meeting on the third floor of the convention center ...

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Stumbo dismisses Obama’s proposed carbon regulations as ‘dumb-ass policy’


Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader FRANKFORT — Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo called President Barack Obama’s plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants “a dumb-ass policy” Wednesday, highlighting the political difficulties the plan has created for Kentucky Democrats. His comments to reporters came as Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes launched a radio ad criticizing the ...

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Kentucky plant emblematic of move from coal to gas


DRAKESBORO, KY. (AP) — In the shadow of Paradise Fossil Plant’s aging smokestacks, where white steam and carbon dioxide rise into the sky, outdated coal-fired generators are being replaced with one that runs on natural gas. The change in Muhlenberg County, once the nation’s top producer of coal, is emblematic of what’s been happening across the U.S. as natural gas becomes ...

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Power plant plan further clouds coal’s future


PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — President Barack Obama’s ambitious plan to reduce the gases blamed for global warming from the nation’s power plants gives many coal-dependent states more lenient restrictions and won’t necessarily be the primary reason coal-fired power plants will be retired. If Kentucky, for example, meets the new limits that the Obama administration proposed Monday, it would be allowed ...

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Proposed cuts to carbon emissions bring costs, benefits and a lot of unknowns for Kentucky

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Bill Estep, Lexington Herald-Leader There are costs, benefits and, for now, a lot of unknowns for Kentucky in the federal government’s call for reducing carbon-dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The coal industry will suffer, but advocates of the proposal say it could spur creation of jobs in energy efficiency and development of renewable energy sources. As for the price ...

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Kentucky opts not to seek collection of $20 million judgment from bankrupt oil company


By BRETT BARROUQUERE Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Kentucky is not seeking to collect a $20 million judgment the state won in court from a now-bankrupt oil company found to have bilked its customers in a drilling scam. Instead, funds from a court-ordered auction of Young Oil’s assets will go to an Ohio-based bank and other creditors holding collateral as ...

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Natural gas class gaining steam in Somerset , Ky


SOMERSET, KY. (AP) — A new program that teaches high school students about natural gas technology is gaining popularity. The Pulaski County Area Technology Center began offering the program in the fall. Principal Beth Hargis told the Commonwealth Journal that the school is among the first to offer such a course at the secondary level and so far has seen success ...

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Environmental groups file suit against LG&E over discharges from coal ash pond


Lexy Gross, Lexington Herald-Leader Two environmental groups filed suit Wednesday in federal court against Louisville Gas & Electric for allegedly inappropriately dumping coal ash in the Ohio River on an almost daily basis. In its lawsuit, The Sierra Club and Earthjustice claim LG&E violated the Clean Water Act and a state water pollution discharge permit. The Sierra Club set up ...

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