We discussed energy and the future of coal on Monday’s edition of Kentucky Tonight, but the conversation quickly turned to President Obama’s new plan to address climate change.
In a speech at Georgetown University last week, the President said we are already feeling the effects of climate change with more severe weather and rising sea levels. As one step to address the issue, Obama called upon the Environmental Protection Agency to develop standards for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. If enacted, those tougher rules would likely result in Kentucky moving farther away from coal and coal mining.
Over the past two years, a glut of cheaper natural gas has flooded the U.S. energy market. Less coal is being mined, power plants are burning more natural gas, and many environmentalists are pushing for renewable energy sources like solar, wind, and hydroelectric power.
A number of viewers and listeners contacted us Monday night with their comments and questions about the future of coal as an industry and as an energy source for the Commonwealth. Here’s a sample of the conversation.
Tune in Kentucky Tonight next Monday, July 8 at 8 p.m., as we discuss the recently passed Senate immigration bill.