Jim Gooch Still a First-Rate Embarrassment

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.

Second – Kentucky most definitely has hydro power, solar power, and wind power.

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.

7 thoughts on “Jim Gooch Still a First-Rate Embarrassment

  1. It is time for a reality check for Jim Gooch. Instead of misleading the public about coal and climate problems, he should be looking for solutions to help the coal industry. It wasn’t that long ago when Western Ky. coal because of its high sulfur content took a back seat to low sulfur coal. The industry spent millions of dollars developing scrubbers to control the sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and other coal plant emissions. It required years of research and a ton (millions) of money. The result was a large economic impact for the industry and the environment (so we thought). Now along comes global warming and as stated above, the reasons for it. It is time to reinvest heavily in developing true cleaner coal technology before the coal industry becomes another victim of its own demise. It is only a matter of time before other states will have to turn to natural gas (as they did before the gas gouging) to generate their electricity. We stand at a critical threshold for Kentucky’s coal industry, will they ignore the facts or will they invest in their future. Kentucky should be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Here are some facts on coal.
    Electricity generation accounts for 40% CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions here in America. Coal produces about 51% of U.S. electricity and over 80% of the carbon dioxide emissions. Natural gas produces 15% of U.S. electricity and about 16% of the carbon dioxide emissions.
    Most scientists agree that CO2 emissions are the main cause of global warming.
    Using coal to generate electricity is less than a 1/3 of the cost of other fuels.
    Kentucky has the 4th lowest energy cost in the U.S. (5.3 cents per kilo watt hour).
    Recent study shows the Ky. coal industry tax revenue does not cover the cost to maintain the roads and infrastructure damaged by coal industry.
    America has more than 250 billion tons of recoverable coal reserves, the equivalent of 800 billion barrels of oil, more than three times Saudi Arabia’s proven oil reserves.
    A quarter of all of the known coal in the entire world is here in America, and large coal deposits can be found in 38 states. In fact, we’ve got more coal than the entire Middle East has oil. At the current rate of consumption, we are capable of meeting domestic demand for more than 200 years. But I remind you consumption is expected to rise some 50% over the next thirty years.

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