10:37am

Wed July 13, 2011
All Politics are Local

Budget Cuts Could Help Coal

The U-S House is debating an energy spending bill that could be good for Kentucky’s coal industry, but it also has critics bristling. The legislation cuts one billion dollars from energy and water related spending… winding back investments in more fuel efficient vehicles and renewable energy programs.  Those are intended to wean the nation off coal. Kentucky Republican Ed Whitfield says undoing some of the president’s green energy investments is good.

“I think Obama has over sold clean energy,” said Whitfield

Environmentalists accuse the GOP bill of making the nation more reliant on fossil fuels, such as coal, while also making mountaintop mining easier. And Kentucky Democrat John Yarmuth says coal has been a mixed blessing for Kentucky.

"It is a source of economic activity; it also is a source of great environmental destruction,” said Yarmuth.

The final vote is expected Thursday.