This week, Kentucky’s very own Energy and Environment Secretary, Len Peters, Ph.D., confirmed what so many Kentuckians already fear: it will be “a difficult, if not impossible task” to establish a new coal-fired power plant in the commonwealth.
But the damage of the current administration’s executive orders will not stay confined to Appalachian power plants. As Peters points out, the ripple effects from the EPA’s errant stone throw will be felt from Louisville to Lexington as energy-intensive industries move elsewhere to attract business investment and create jobs.
“We are four times more electricity intensive than (the least energy intensive state in the U.S.),” reported Peters. “That’s why we have to look (at these proposed rules) in the light of what we need and what is important in the state of Kentucky, and that’s the message that we’re trying to get out there.”
Though President Obama’s Energy Secretary denies the hefty negative consequences attached to his boss’ orders, Kentucky’s Energy Secretary has no such incentive to fib about the reality of the situation: Kentucky’s competitive advantage for attracting industry to the commonwealth has taken a huge hit, thanks to our federal masters.
Check out the Bluegrass Institute’s analysis of this and other overzealous environmental regulations here: http://www.freedomkentucky.org/images/f/f0/BluegrassEnergyReport(Final).pdf