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Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters has advanced to the semifinals of Think Freely Media’s 2014 Great Communicators Tournament with his video about the Institute’s Intrastate Coal and Use Act. Watch it here. Jim is the only Kentuckian in the semifinal round and needs our help to move on and win the $10,000 prize being awarded…

It’s a Free-Market Friday with BIPPS on the Joe Elliott Show on Louisville’s 970 WGTK-AM

Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters joins talk show host Joe Elliott for a Free-Market Friday tomorrow at @ 10 a.m. (EDT) on Louisville’s 970 WGTK-AM. Among other issues, Jim and Joe will discuss Kentucky’s latest ACT scores released this week, the institute’s recent Unbridled Learning report, public charter schools and the Intrastate Coal and Use Act.  Listen…

Kentucky joins lawsuit against EPA’s climate-settlement agreement; next step: Pass Bluegrass Institute’s ‘Intrastate Coal and Use Act’

Politico is reporting that Kentucky has joined a lawsuit asking a federal appeals court to declare illegal a 2011 settlement agreement between the EPA, states and environmental groups in which the agency agreed to establish greenhouse gas limits for power plants. “The states … filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit…

Lawmakers act to protect existing coal-fired power plants from EPA

Even Kentucky’s Democrats recognize that if the EPA implements the same heavy-handed emission standards on existing coal-fired power plants that it already has forced on proposed new operations, our state’s economy will suffer greatly. The House Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment passed a bill without opposition today that orders the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet…

Surprise, surprise…Coal ‘will remain the top fuel for generating electricity for the next 20 years’: IEA

Despite an all-out assault on coal, including the Extend and Expand Poverty Agency (EPA) games of “Rope-A-Dope” (refusing to make decisions on permits for new mines), “Let’s Play Favorites” (offering no regulatory rhyme or reason and playing favorites) and “Regulatory Whack-A-Mole” (let’s keep coming up with new roadblocks to producing and using coal as the…

News release: BIPPS-supported ALEC model bill seeks to protect Kentucky coal from EPA overreach

(BOWLING GREEN, Ky.) – Model legislation sponsored by the Bluegrass Institute,Kentucky’s free-market think tank, which gives states an effective constitutional weapon in their arsenal to push back against federal environmental overreach, received unanimous approval by the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force. The Intrastate Coal and Use Act declares in no uncertain terms that…