FRANKFORT, Ky. (8/7/13) – During the recent meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference, state Rep. Jim Gooch joined with fellow state legislators from across the South in support of a resolution that calls on the federal government to reconsider new greenhouse gas standards as they pertain to fossil fuels.
“As the third-leading coal-producing state in the nation, Kentucky has a strong incentive to see these new standards changed,” said Rep. Gooch, who chairs the Kentucky House of Representatives’ Natural Resources and Environment Committee. “Otherwise, these changes will have a devastating effect on the coal industry, resulting in unnecessary hikes in electricity costs across the country and making Kentucky much less competitive economically.”
The policy position was adopted by the full Southern Legislative Conference, which represents Kentucky and 14 other southern states. Rep. Gooch is a member of SLC’s Energy and Environment Committee, which sponsored the resolution that calls for different standards for coal and natural gas-fueled power plants and to keep access open “to all available domestic sources of energy.”
“There is broad agreement that these new federal standards are the wrong direction for our country to take, especially as we near the day when we are truly energy independent,” Rep. Gooch said. “These standards would effectively put coal on the sideline in the years ahead and in turn keep us from using a resource that is both affordable and substantial. We as a nation need to take advantage of coal, not turn our back on it.”
Information provided by Brian Wilkerson
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