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February 10, 2016

Coal Country Kentuckians Will Invade Washington, Mitch McConnell Says (Video)

The EPA plans four public hearings on its proposed “Clean Power Plan” for greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, but none of them are in “coal country” — much to the chagrin of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

The hearings, which the EPA expects to be well attended, are planned for Atlanta, Denver, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh next week.

Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was “unmoved” by his personal request to hold at least one of the four listening sessions where coal mining actually happens, reports CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss.

Kentucky ranks third in U.S. coal production and Pennsylvania ranks fourth, but there’s not much mining in Pittsburgh itself.

The Kentuckians will just have to come to the U.S. capital instead, McConnell said:

Apparently, the Obama administration isn’t all that interested in what Kentucky thinks. Well, if Washington officials won’t come to Kentucky, then Kentuckians will come to Washington. I plan to testify. And so do several of my constituents. Even though they’ll have to travel hundreds of miles to get here, these Kentuckians will make Washington understand that they are more than just some statistic.”



Comments (52)

  1. SoloCup

    July 24, 2014
    3:53 p.m.

    Another waste of time from Sen. McConnell, who is trying to convince his constituents that he’s saving an industry that started to die decades ago. Kentucky is practically stripped bare.

  2. JustaSlob

    July 24, 2014
    4:26 p.m.

    You would think he’d be trying to recruit green energy companies to Kentucky……. Oh wait…I forgot who we were talking about for a second there….

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    July 24, 2014
    5:02 p.m.

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  4. fred

    July 25, 2014
    12:31 a.m.

    Well if you lived in KY you would know KY is not almost stripped bare. Get them Mitch. Make them vote on the carbon tax before the elections and start the employer mandate

  5. fred

    July 25, 2014
    12:33 a.m.

    KY 90% of electricity comes from coal. Coal miners have excellent jobs with excellent benefits or they did have. Filters out 98% of the carbon and cheap

  6. Bound for Glory

    July 26, 2014
    4:17 p.m.

    On Inauguaration night ol, Mitch made his plans clear and he has not deviated. Unfortunately for Mitch no one can turn the clock backwards. Our nation is accelerating into a clean energy future and Mitch and the special interests cannot turn things back…Ol ‘Mitch is a dinosaur who looks like a turtle.

  7. Terry Fox

    July 28, 2014
    3:47 p.m.

    Do yourself a favor and stay out of Kentucky, forever, because you know nothing about the state.

  8. Wayne Wathen

    July 28, 2014
    8:37 p.m.

    Does that include those with Black Lung disease who McConnell doesn’t give a damn. about.

  9. JustaSlob

    July 29, 2014
    11:38 a.m.

    How bout ya’ll just blow me Troll.

  10. Charles Barnard

    July 29, 2014
    3:21 p.m.

    Do you mean ‘carbon dioxide’?
    ‘Cause they don’t.
    If you mean smoke & ash. They don’t.

    And plants along the Ohio river are causing massive air pollution problems in Texas in US National Parks.

  11. Charles Barnard

    July 29, 2014
    3:23 p.m.

    If they were smart, those in coal country might try to figure out a way to make power from underground coal fires.

    Burning is one of the least profitable uses we have for hydrocarbons.

  12. Jesse4

    Sept. 12, 2014
    4:52 p.m.

    Current coal fired power plants don’t filter out any of the carbon except the tiny percent that the fly ash represents.

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