Posts Tagged ‘President Obama’

Coal and More on Kentucky Tonight

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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.

Mitch McConnell on election strategy

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Former CBS anchorman Dan Rather would say about this presidential race: “It’s tighter than your father’s hat band!” Most major polling organizations report that the race is almost too close to call. Some give President Obama a slight edge, but we’re still weeks away from Election Day.

For Republicans in Kentucky, and Republican Senators in the United States Senate, there’s no question that Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is being called on to take a lead role in the Romney-Ryan presidential campaign. Senator McConnell will be front and center next week in Tampa at the Republican National Convention; he spoke to Tea Party Republicans this week in Frankfort at a “Repeal and Replace” the Affordable Care Act rally; he’s been all over the state during the congressional recess, from Fancy Farm to dinner speaking engagements, working for the Romney-Ryan ticket.

He also knows that if Republicans gain enough seats in the Senate in the election, he will become the Majority Leader of the U. S. Senate. That, obviously, means a lot to this son of Kentucky.

Senator McConnell also carries with him a well-deserved reputation as a crafty, smart campaign observer. On One to One this Sunday, I asked him to look at the Obama and Romney campaigns and give us his thoughts on how each is running for the highest office in the land. Watch what he had to say:

One to One airs Sunday at 1/noon CT and Tuesday at 7:30/6:30 pm CT on KET2.

All Politics, All Week

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Vigorous discussion of the issues filled studio A at KET Monday night when the “Magnificent 7,” the field of 4th District Republican Primary candidates, filled the Kentucky Tonight table from one end to the other.

It was the first time all seven candidates—Marc Carey, Thomas Massie, Gary Moore, Brian Oerther, Walter Schumm, Alecia Webb-Edgington, and Tom Wurtz—discussed the issues on state-wide television. From smaller and limited government to lower taxes and a jobs plan for the 4th district, all the candidates had an opportunity to persuade voters in the 4th why they should be the one to replace current Republican officeholder Congressman Geoff Davis.

With primary election day only a week away, we’ll be concentrating on politics for the next few days. Here’s a preview.

University of Kentucky professor, Director of the Rural Journalism Institute at UK, and KET political analyst Al Cross will sit down with me this coming Sunday on One to One to discuss the state races, contested Congressional contests, and what’s shaping up to be a very active political season for President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney.

Monday night on Kentucky Tonight, the state party chairs will be in the studio with political experts John David Dyche and Jennifer Moore as we take a look at the primary.

Tuesday, at 9/8 pm CT on KET, we’ll be on the air with Al, John David, and Jennifer to report on all the races across the state. It will also give our analysts a chance to talk about what they predict will occur over the summer and into the fall campaign. You can bet they will all be opinionated and ready to express their thoughts.

Here’s this week’s episode of Kentucky Tonight.

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