Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Major Kentucky candidates for governor will refuse EPA plan

(AP) — Kentuckians won't know who their next governor is until after the November election, but they do know he won't comply with the EPA's coal regulations.

The Environmental Protection Agency has told states to submit a plan on how they will cut carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030. The Kentucky Coal Association says all five major candidates for governor have pledged they will not submit a plan.

It is likely a wise political strategy. While Kentucky's coal industry is in steep decline, it still holds a powerful cultural and political influence in the state.

Jack Conway is the likely Democratic nominee for governor. Matt Bevin, James Comer, Hal Heiner and Will T. Scott are all vying for the Republican nomination on May 19.