Jack Conway on Energy & Oil



Maintain low energy rates by protecting coal economy

Kentucky's historically low energy rates are a critical economic asset that provides opportunities for our Commonwealth to attract businesses. As Kentucky's next Governor, Jack will continue fighting for Kentucky coal and its coal miners. Jack will fight to prevent the EPA from implementing policies that could cripple Kentucky's economy and hinder job growth.

Jack Conway is a leader in protecting Kentucky's coal economy. In 2013, Jack joined a bipartisan group of 26 other state Attorneys General and filed an Amicus Brief requesting the U.S. Supreme Court prevent the EPA from revoking coal permits after it revoked the permit of an operating coal mine, forcing it to shut down.

In 2015, Jack and 11 other state Attorneys General petitioned a Federal Court to force the EPA to halt its regulation designed to shut down currently operating coal-fired power plants. He believes the EPA is violating the Clean Air Act by not allowing Kentucky to develop its own plan to reduce emissions.

Source: 2015 Kentucky Governor campaign website, ConwayOverly.com , Aug 11, 2015

Protect coal even under cap-and-trade

PAUL: We now have an EPA that is writing rules, saying, "If Congress doesn't pass greenhouse emissions testing, we will simply do it on our own."

CONWAY: I'm against cap and trade, too. Always have been.

Q: Well, that's not true. You supported the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill back in 2009.

CONWAY: No, I didn't. I have said I'm always going to protect coal and I'm always going to protect electricity. I did not support Waxman-Markey. And I even took on the EPA. I filed a lawsuit against the EPA when they were doing just what Dr. Paul was describing.

PAUL: In June 2009 you issued a statement saying you supported the cap-and-trade bill and you were confident it could be reformed. You said you wanted to be part of the negotiated compromise.

CONWAY: I've been consistent in my position saying I'm going to stand up for Kentucky coal. I'm going to make certain we keep our electricity rates low.

Source: Fox News Sunday, 2010 Kentucky Senate debate , Oct 3, 2010

Coal yes; cap-and-trade no

Coal is a part of Kentucky that Conway says is important. "I'm against Cap and Trade," said Conway. "Always have been against Cap and Trade. I've been consistent on this issue. I worked for an energy governor. I've chaired energy task forces. I know that coal needs to be an important part of energy generation into the future."
Source: WBKO coverage of 2010 Kentucky Senate debate , Aug 24, 2010

Opposes cap-&-trade bill; it costs miners $1800 a year

Jack Conway says a new cap and trade bill would affect Kentucky miners. Conway is against the current bill being proposed by lawmakers. He says a recent study shows the legislation could cost miners and their families $1800 a year. "I don't think we can put that type of burden on Kentucky families right now when families are concerned about how they are going to buy groceries and find a job," Said Conway. Conway says, if done right, an energy bill can create jobs and that's what Kentuckians need.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, www.jackconway.org, "Press" , Oct 8, 2009

Supports renewable energy tax credits.

Conway supports the CC survey question on renewable energy tax credits

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Tax credits for investment in renewable sources of energy, (such as wind, solar & biomass)"

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q18 on Aug 11, 2010

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