Taking liberty to WBFI airwaves

Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters will appear live on 91.5 FM WBFI’s morning show hosted by Bro. Ron Miller on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (central).  The interview will be replayed at 10 p.m. (central). WBFI is a Christian radio station near Leitchfield area that includes news and opinion on state public-policy issues as…

Coal raises human welfare abroad

In the wake of this week’s appearance of Jim Waters, President of the Bluegrass Institute, on the Mandy Connell show, this morning Bill Bissett appeared on the radio program to discuss Kentucky coal and the Bluegrass Institute’s involvement with the commonwealth’s energy sector. And although the EPA may be hell-bent on keeping domestic power plants…

Kentucky’s economic competitiveness goes nowhere, according to ALEC-Laffer

Last week, the American Legislative Exchange Council and Arthur Laffer, Ph.D. released the sixth edition of “Rich States, Poor States,” a report which analyzes the economic competitiveness among the states on two fronts: economic performance and economic outlook. Unfortunately for Kentuckians, the commonwealth’s economic outlook remains relatively unchanged from last year’s report, near the bottom…

Kentucky Coal Quote of the Day

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers recently spoke at the Big Sandy Area Development District and had this to say on the state of Appalachia’s battle with the EPA: “In the last 18 months, Kentucky has lost 5,700 coal jobs and all but 200 of those were Eastern Kentucky coal miners. I have grilled leaders of the EPA time and…

Has Appalachia lost its battle with the EPA?

A new report echoes what those of us defending Kentucky’s energy sector already know: Appalachia’s coal mining industry is in dire need of a respite from the EPA’s onslaught of  unilateral mandates designed to specifically target eastern Kentucky. According to West Virginia-based Downtown Strategies, Appalachian coal production is set to fall from 185 million tons in…