Grimes misses chance to talk about coal issue

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes did not mention coal in a speech at a Washington fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to a recording obtained by POLITICO.

Grimes’ campaign said last week she planned to use the event to demand the Senate take action to invest in clean coal technology. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign criticized Grimes for not mentioning coal and questioned her commitment to the state’s coal industry.

“Alison Lundergan Grimes just did exactly what every Kentuckian knew she would — tell them one thing and do another with Harry Reid,” McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore said in a statement. “If there was any question about what she would do as a senator, this tape erased all doubt.”

Grimes campaign spokeswoman Charly Norton said Grimes did not break her promise because she spoke to Reid privately about the issue. Reid said in a statement that Grimes has spoken with him many times about her opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's new emission standards for coal-fired power plants.

Grimes and McConnell both have repeatedly voiced their opposition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon dioxide emission standards for coal-fired power plants. The proposed regulations seek to cut emissions by 30 percent nationwide and 18 percent in Kentucky.

Kentucky is the nation’s third-largest coal producer, generating 92 percent of the state’s electricity through coal in 2012. 

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  • Full implementation of theEPA's clean air standards certainly will not prevent Kentucky from remaining the nation's 3rd largest coal producer, or kill the industry, anymore that the seat belt laws killed the US auto industry (as the industry said they would). You really have to take any regulated industry's hyperbolic propaganda with a good measure of salt in such cases.

    And there are certainly lots bigger problems looming on the horizon for our state and nation that obsessing over the coal industry's hyperbolic pant's on fire response to the new carbon emissions standards.  Remember, coal miners represent only 0.6% of Kentucky's workforce. Allison has a lot more to talk about regarding the real threats to our nation than the Republican talking points.