The following article originally appeared EnergyWire and is reprinted here with permission.
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky is arguably the epicenter of opposition to U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Here in the state capital, a scorched-earth approach to opposing White House policies around coal and climate change is the political norm. From Washington, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just called on states to defy a federal carbon rule. Kentuckians still pay a lot less for electricity than people in Connecticut. Still, retail electricity prices are going up for the state’s poorest communities. To protect dominant coal-burning utilities from competition, state leaders are doing almost nothing about it.
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