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 from using coal to provide energy to local citizens, according to Bissett, power plants from other parts of the globe aren’t facing the same kind of adversity: “I get phone calls from people every day asking, ‘How do I get millions of tons of Kentucky coal, right now?’”
And according to Bissett, the people calling aren’t just from China and India – they’re from Germany and other traditionally “greener” countries too.
But as for those in developing nations, Bissett says coal is an invaluable commodity because, “They’re literally trying to jump from the 19th to 21st century in a month.”
As we previously reported, it’s Kentuckians and our natural resources that have, in no small part, allowed developing nations and their people to enjoy a higher standard of life. And if freer markets and smaller governments – core Bluegrass Institute principles – are allowed to prevail, Kentucky’s energy sector can continue to grow human welfare, both home and abroad.