Seriously. How is Jim Gooch consistently re-elected? What an effing embarrassment.
Let’s take a look at his latest comments in the Messenger-Inquirer:
Gooch said some critics have said the average family may spend an extra $3,000 a year on utilities if the legislation passes.
He said Kentuckians now see some of the lowest rates in the country because 95 percent of the state’s electricity comes from coal-fired plants.
“We don’t have hydro, wind, solar or nuclear energy in this state,” Gooch said. “The increase in Kentucky will be three times the national average. We’ll be one of the three or four states hardest hit by this.”
Kentucky has 30 percent of the nation’s stainless steel production, he said, and between 30 and 40 percent of the aluminum production.
“Those plants will go overseas if we lose our cheap electricity,” Gooch said. “We’re not going to be able to take advantage of solar and wind energy in this state.”
First – Cap & trade’s impact wouldn’t be anywhere near $3,000 — according to even the most conservative sources until 2050.
Finally – Those plants will go overseas, really? To lands where electricity already costs zillions more than juice in the U.S. and A?
Meanwhile, the Kentucky Democratic Party continues to support this joker. And you wonder why Kentucky can’t have nice things.