energy policy

Big Oil thinks Ben Chandler is a Real American

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May 12, 2011
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ConocoPhillips CEO Jim Mulva yesterday called taking away subsidies for the big 5 oil companies “un-American“, and he refused to apologize for it today:

I’m not sure if Rep. Ben Chandler agrees with this fine corporate citizen on the “un-American” label, but as we mentioned back in March, he certainly did vote to give these oil companies $53 billion in subsidies.

But Ben Chandler didn’t let his patriotism stop there. You probably didn’t hear about it, but last week Ben Chandler joined 33 red-blooded American Democrats in the House by voting (so near the one year anniversary of the BP oil spill) to open up the gulf and Virginia waters to more deep water drilling by oil companies. Cynical people might point to the fact that those Republicans were put into office with oil money, or that Chandler’s biggest contributor in his last election was an oil company. But as Mitch and Rand will tell you, if there’s anything more American than 200 million gallons of bubbling brew spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, it’s the purchase of DC politicians.

Ben Chandler is certainly a Real American, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. He may be no Hulk Hogan, but he’s definitely got some Kenny Powers in him.

Liberty Fusion

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March 18, 2011
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Rand Paul’s sticking to his guns on nuclear power, but at least he favors strong regulation of the industry to keep Americans safe.

Oh wait, that’s right, he wants to eliminate the Energy Department.

Sure, we can let Big Brother protect us from nuclear meltdowns, but what will we lose in terms of our Liberty?

At long last, get off the nuclear industry’s back!

Sen. Leeper still says bring on the nukes

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March 15, 2011
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The man loves nuclear power and he’s sticking to it, nevermind Japan:

FRANKFORT — Although Kentucky is known to experience earthquakes, the explosions and radiation leaks at a nuclear power plant in earthquake-ravaged Japan should not discourage the state from expanding into nuclear power, state Sen. Bob Leeper, a Paducah independent, said Monday.

For the past three years, including the just-concluded 2011 legislative session, Leeper has sponsored bills that would repeal the state’s moratorium on the construction of nuclear power plants in Kentucky. His latest effort was approved by the Senate 31-5 on Feb. 8 but died in the House.

“It’s way too early to talk about throwing in the towel,” Leeper said.

“As with any other disaster, you’ve got to see how everything plays out,” he said. “You’ve got to wait and see what works and what doesn’t work. It’s too early to determine whether or not this makes the case that we can safely develop nuclear energy.”

Yes, it would certainly be a rush to judgment to not halt production of nuclear power plants in Kentucky. You betcha.

But remember folks, if we can’t produce it, we can still store it:

President Obama has called for a new generation of nuclear-power plants. But when he abandoned plans to store the nation’s nuclear waste in Nevada’s Yucca Mountain, he effectively forced states eager to break ground on reactors to accept the idea of keeping that waste within their borders—not a popular idea since the Three Mile Island meltdown. But could Kentucky become home to an alternative? Its state Senate recently approved a bill that would OK nuclear-waste storage. And Kerri Richardson, a spokeswoman for Gov. Steve Beshear, says storing other states’ waste “would certainly attract a lot of interest from our administration.”

For a coal-rich area without an existing plant, Kentucky’s openness is a sign, say energy analysts, that anxiety about waste storage is waning. It’s “a tipping point,” says Vanderbilt professor Charles Powers, an expert on nuclear-waste solutions. Still, don’t expect resistance to end overnight: Kentucky’s bill could die in the House, as did two previous versions. But if this isn’t the year the state’s nuclear future arrives, Beshear says he won’t be deterred.

Get off the nuclear industry’s back, and let them pour their liquid goodies into our wallet, er, mountains.

What the hell could go wrong?

Also, I’d still rather switch to nuclear power from coal power in Kentucky any day. It’s cleaner and healthier, as crazy as that sounds.

Friday Twain Overload

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February 12, 2010
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Oh, Kentucky…

First of all, our dear Governor Beshear wants to have our remaining mountains that aren’t blown to smithereens serve another purpose. Yucca-style.

President Obama has called for a new generation of nuclear-power plants. But when he abandoned plans to store the nation’s nuclear waste in Nevada’s Yucca Mountain, he effectively forced states eager to break ground on reactors to accept the idea of keeping that waste within their borders—not a popular idea since the Three Mile Island meltdown. But could Kentucky become home to an alternative? Its state Senate recently approved a bill that would OK nuclear-waste storage. And Kerri Richardson, a spokeswoman for Gov. Steve Beshear, says storing other states’ waste “would certainly attract a lot of interest from our administration.”

Marvelous.

In other news, check out our Democratic chairman of the House environmental committee don his tin foil hat and like totally debunk climate change and talk about how the press tries to “silence” him. The Gooch Gone Wild.

Kentucky Pride, I tell ya…

Does Dan Mongiardo think that Dan Mongiardo is welcome in Kentucky?

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January 18, 2010
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We all remember how Dan Mongiardo got out there and endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008, right?

Well, in light of this already infamous Mongiardo quote from this weekend…

“Lt Governor Daniel Mongiardo, the Democratic frontrunner in Kentucky’s senatorial race later this year, says he would not want Obama to come and stump for him on the campaign trail, particularly because of his environmental policies. “With some of the positions he has taken, especially on coal, no. He certainly can’t come into eastern or western Kentucky and help. Nor would I want him to.

… it should be noted that Barack Obama’s energy policy goals since coming to office have mirrored his campaign promises. Exactly. They are identical. Here they are:


Yessiree. Obama’s cap-and-trade bill even got through millions of dollars for the unicorn-esque sham that is “clean coal”.

And this is who Dan Mongiardo endorsed for president.

But he now claims that President Obama is not welcome to enter our state. Because of his energy positions… that are identical to his positions when Mongiardo endorsed him.

So… what now? Does Dan Mongiardo call for himself to be thrown out of the state of Kentucky by a pitchfork wielding mob? Or does he admit what a shameful dog-whistling hypocrite he is?

Neither, of course. He’ll just continue to embarrass us.

Breaking News: King Coal Has Lee Todd’s Balls in a Vice!

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October 29, 2009
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I hope you’ll take a moment to read my column in today’s Kentucky Kernel about the University of Kentucky Board of Trustee’s decision to accept $7 million in money from Alliance Coal via Joe Craft. Here’s a choice excerpt:

The board had used tried and true dissent-quashing tactics: announce the meeting only a few days in advance, don’t allow opponents to publicly speak at the meeting, call a quick vote, and when met with dissent, have the police eject the dissenters from the room.

The board followed an age-old template they know well, and they performed brilliantly.

But this issue will not lie dormant. Hopefully for our campus, the passionate voices of dissent I and others heard in the board room Tuesday will continue to raise their voices and, barring that, engage in other activities to express their opposition to the board’s decision.

Read the whole piece here if you’re so inclined.

Sarah Palin agrees with Dan Mongiardo

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July 14, 2009
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Global warming and renewable energy ain’t no thang, and Obama wants to take yur jobs.

You know, if Lt. Dan’s 2nd quarter numbers are as bad as I think, maybe these two will soon have something else in common…

Does Lt. Dan not understand the irony?

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June 30, 2009
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Per his latest campaign tweet, Lt. Dan is excited that Minnesota finally has its second senator in Al Franken.
I can’t help but wonder why Lt. Dan is so excited, considering he has more in common with Norm Coleman than Al Franken. In the 2008 campaign, Al Franken made supporting a renewable energy future for America a priority, and will provide the crucial 60th Democrat in the Senate in order to bring forth a vote on cap-and-trade. Lt. Dan, for what it’s worth, wouldn’t be voting for cap-and-trade were he in the Senate today.

Al Franken campaigned in favor of the rights of workers to unionize without interference from corporate bosses. Lt. Dan’s campaign is supported by a number of anti-union coal comapnies and he has a history of supporting non-union businesses. Not to mention that Lt. Dan’s opponent, Attorney General Jack Conway, has picked up every major union endorsement thusfar.

Al Franken is a long-time proponent of equality for gay and lesbian citizens. Lt. Dan, as we all know, sponsored the amendment that has been a scar on our state’s constitution since 2004. Al Franken supports universal health care, and while Lt. Dan likes to tout his experience in medicine, he has been surprisingly mum on President Obama’s health care proposal.

No doubt, Senator Al Franken and Lt. Dan don’t have much in common. So why is Lt. Dan so excited?

URGENT: Call Ben Chandler, tell him to vote for American Clean Energy and Security Act

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June 26, 2009
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The vote is happening today on H.R. 2454, and Ben Chandler is a swing vote.

We either fight global warming by leading the world, or…. what Twain said.

Tell him there’s a Rootie in it for him!

CALL NOW!!!

Ben Chandler

Phone: (202)-225-4706

What Twain said… (yet again)

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March 18, 2009
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Does KY’s state legislature want to move Kentucky into the future by promoting renewable energy projects?

I think you all know this answer, sadly…

FRANKFORT — A bill to promote renewable energy is likely dead after the state Senate tacked on measures last week that would lift a state moratorium on nuclear power plants and allow drilling for oil and gas on state-owned lands.
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Meanwhile, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a citizens’ group interested in public policy issues, issued a statement Wednesday asking lawmakers to “soundly reject” HB 537 next week.

“The poorly written energy bill that proposed little good in its original form has now been turned into a catch-all bill for bad energy legislation,” said KFTC official Doug Doerrfeld.

Nevermind Kentucky, coal is the future. Just keep your head in the sand and keep plugging away…

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