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Environmental Protection Agency admits Affordable Clean Energy Rule could be harmful to public health

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Calling the Clean Power Plan “overly prescriptive and burdensome,” the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released its plan for new rules to regulate carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. However, the proposal itself notes the changes could be harmful to public health. The Affordable Clean Energy Rule sets guidelines for states to develop...

Rural Blog: Feds’ forecast shows major decline in coal production with or without Clean Power Plan

Appalachian coal production is forecast to decline by 79 million tons by 2040 under President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, and would decline by 50 million tons without the plan, says a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The report “shows that coal production in the Appalachian region, which has declined steeply since 2000, is projected to see the smallest reduction in production...

Supreme Court’s decision to stay Clean Power Plan results in delay of cabinet hearings

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to issue a stay on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Energy and Environment Cabinet is deferring its plans to conduct listening sessions on the rulemaking and gather input on compliance options. The Supreme Court’s decision reinforces the position Kentucky and the other 25 petitioning states have regarding the CPP. “Conducting listening sessions...

Bill Straub: Coal’s demise is no surprise, yet Mitch McConnell’s false prophecies still poisoning debate

Captain Nemo would have to pilot the Nautilus significantly lower than 20,000 leagues if he ever wanted to plumb the depths of the unholy cynicism constantly being provided by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. It appears the senator’s plan for dealing with the hazards associated with global climate change is very simple – burn more coal. Now to some that may sound like ordering the dam...