Wearing your bullshit goggles? Get ready. The stink is big.
The following Democratic sell-outs and mouthpieces for big coal penned a letter to LEO: Rep. Jody Richards, Speaker of the House; Rep. Larry Clark, Speaker Pro Tem; Rep. Rocky Adkins, Majority Floor Leader; Rep. Charlie Hoffman, Majority Caucus Chair; and Rep. Rob Wilkey, Majority Whip. We won’t get into who works for which company. *Cough* Rocky Adkins *Cough*…
After spending four paragraphs telling us that House Bill 1 was signed, they get down to the business of explaining just how visionary and remarkable the state’s new energy policy is.
Here’s a peek:
Our energy policy also encourages the hiring of Kentucky residents; forgives student loans of young people who obtain science and engineering degrees necessary to fill the jobs; advances research and development at our universities; and promotes the protection of our environment in the process. And it does so in a manner that protects Kentucky’s investment. House Bill 1 looks to the future of the energy industry by enabling cutting-edge research. It sets aside $7 million to the Kentucky Geological Survey and the Center for Applied Energy Research to perfect carbon dioxide capture management.
Contrary to some news reports, this bill is not about attracting one project or one company. It’s about attracting a new industry to Kentucky by providing a framework that can be tailored to different types of investments. Tax incentives must be approved by the Economic Development Cabinet and KEDFA (Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority). Any incentives received up front will be tied to hiring Kentucky workers, and funds will be recouped once the plant is operating.
What they don’t mention is that the few jobs created (about 300 projected) will cost roughly a million dollars each. Spending $7million to perfect carbon capture techniques? $7million surely can’t perfect clean coal technology that barely exists. What’s with this drop in the bucket compared to the $300million being floated to Peabody? And no mention of the untold millions given to Peabody just to consider building in Kentucky?
Oh, it’s not about attracting one company, kids. Even though Jody and Ernie made the entire special session about Peabody.
In addition to providing $5 million for research and requiring carbon-capture readiness of any new alternative fuel facility seeking incentives, the legislation creates the Center for Renewable Energy Research and Environmental Stewardship. This collaborative effort will bring together various public and private interests to promote energy efficiency and protection of our most hallowed resource — our planet.
That’s right. Just $5million will solve all problems and make life grand by protecting our planet. Big coal and the House members responsible for killing eastern Kentucky via mountaintop removal and illegal faux-reclamation will protect our planet and they’ve put it in writing.
It’s a good time to discuss the mind blowing sludge disaster of October 11, 2000. Remember it? More than 300 million gallons of coal sludge killed Martin County. Millions of fish and other animals wiped out. Homes ruined. Property devastated.
The individuals who let that sort of disaster slide are the individuals selling us a bill of coal goods. We hope voters are paying attention.