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Jan 17, 2011

All Our Eggs in One Basket

by Nancy Reinhart — last modified Jan 17, 2011 09:15 AM

By Tim Darst

Of KySEA member Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light

In Kentucky we get more than 90% of our electricity from coal.  Many Eastern and Western Kentucky communities’ are highly dependant upon coal jobs.   While electricity from coal is cheap and many coal jobs pay well, does it make sense to have such a high percentage of our future tied to coal?

There are adverse effects of this over reliance also.  Louisville and Lexington rank in 1st and 5th in the country in per capita carbon footprint due to the burn of coal for electricity (Brown, 2008, Brooking Institute). 

We are some of the most inefficient users of electricity in the country.  We are one of the states most highly susceptible to the adverse effects of climate change legislation.  A recent article in the journal Energy predicts that we will hit peak coal production soon which means that coal prices will increase sharply as demand outstrips supply.

Who has more than 90% of their retirement fund invested in one company?  We need to diversify our portfolio to make sure that we don’t suffer theses bad effects in the future.  There are alternatives.  Solar panels and wind turbines can be made locally thus bringing manufacturing jobs and will provide jobs for the installers as well.  Kentucky gets the same amount of sunlight as Germany and Germany is a world leader in solar.  There are many parts of the state that have strong wind patterns.

The change needs to start with the General Assembly in Frankfort and they will have the opportunity to make a difference with the bill being proposed by the Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance.  The bill has a provision that requires Kentucky utilities to diversify their portfolio of where they get their electricity.   It proposes a modest timetable of 2% renewable energy by 2013, 5% by 2016, 8.5% by 2019, and 11.5% by 2019.  We should all pressure our lawmakers in Frankfort to support this bill.

Stay tuned for blogs on other provisions of the bill.

Jan 10, 2011

Representative Mary Lou Marzian Speaks Tonight On Clean Energy

by Nancy Reinhart — last modified Jan 10, 2011 11:45 AM

Those in the Louisville area this Monday, January 10 should try to attend a presentation by clean energy champion Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, at 6:30 p.m. at the League of Women Voters at 115 Ewing St. in Clifton.  Representative Marzian has fought and continues to fight for clean energy.  The presentation is free.  Come out and show your support!

Jan 07, 2011

The Potential For Clean Energy in Kentucky

by Nancy Reinhart — last modified Jan 07, 2011 08:55 AM

Posted by Cumberland Chapter Sierra Club

Join us for a presentation about the potential for clean energy in Kentucky!

Tuesday January, 18, 7:00pm at the Clifton Center in Louisville

Please join us for our inaugural meeting of 2011 as we hear about the Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance, KySEA (www.kysea.org).  The Sierra Club is a founding member of this Alliance, which has become a broad coalition of organizations and businesses working to advance sustainable energy policies and practices in our state.  Besides the Sierra Club, the coalition includes groups such as Community Farm Alliance, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, the Metropolitan Housing Coalition, Mountain Area Community Economic Development, and Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light.

Wallace McMullen, Greater Louisville Sierra Club's Conservation Chair, will fill us in on KSEA and how the ideas and initiatives are developing to take concerted action together for a more prosperous and environmental Kentucky.

The Ky Sustainable Energy Alliance mission is drawn from these questions:  What are the best energy policies for Kentucky?  How can they be implemented?  What will get our elected State officials to listen?

Wallace will provide the most up-to-date answers, tell us what the current state of play is with the KySEA initiatives, and suggest what we can all do.

Our meeting is at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 18th, at the Clifton Center (www.cliftoncenter.org).  It is free and open to the public. Start the year off with an informative program on how we can work together to create a healthier, sustainable energy future for Kentucky.

For more information contact Steve Henry, daddytcb@bellsouth.net, or Wallace McMullen, mcmulw@bellsouth.net

Jan 06, 2011

Clean Energy and Climate News From All Over

by Nancy Reinhart — last modified Jan 06, 2011 07:49 AM
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Posted by the Kentucky Solar Energy Society

1GW Plant in California

   The BLM and other agencies have granted approvals for a 1 GW concentrating solar power plant in Riverside County, California. 
 
Climate Sanctions Against U.S.?

Lord Nicholas Stern of Australia has warned that European and Far Eastern nations are likely to seek sanctions against U.S. exports by 2020 unless the U.S. takes more vigorous actions to cut its CO2 emissions.  Per capita, the US emits more than twice as much CO2 as the European Union and almost three times as much as China.  

Koch Industries - Worst of the Worst

   Koch Industries won 2010's Snake Oil Award for Public Deception, primarily for its huge financial support of California's Proposition 23, a ballot initiative that would have  killed the growth of renewable energy in California. 

   Koch Industries is run by Charles and David Koch, multi-billionaires who vigorously oppose clean energy.  It is the leading funder of climate change denial groups. 

   Koch Industries owns Georgia-Pacific, whose brands include Brawny, Sparkle, Angel Soft, Soft 'n Gentle, Quilted Northern and Dixie.  Sounds like an opportunity to speak with your pocketbook.

   Tell Koch how you feel here.

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