Matt Bevin on Energy & Oil



Don't subsidize renewables; we didn't cause climate change

Climate Change: Consider human-caused climate change a serious threat?

Beshear : Yes. "Climate change is real, but you don't have to take my word for it, ask any farmer here in Kentucky or ask the U.S. Military which is preparing for it each & every day." Unclear on specific greenhouse gas regulations.

Bevin: No. "The idea that somehow we created this solely & need to fix it solely is an absolutely preposterous assumption of the authority & power of man as related to the planet."

Renewable Energy: Support development of renewable energy?

Beshear: Need to diversify & include "as many renewables as possible." Specific renewables plan not found.

Bevin: No. Opposes tax-payer subsidies of renewables; calls powering the world through them "unrealistic."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Guide on 2019 Kentucky Governor race , Nov 1, 2019

Stand up for coal; we have hundreds of years of supply

Bevin said of coal, "The energy landscape is changing but guess what: We have hundreds of years of an incredible resource that still provides the cheapest and most reliable electricity in America and in the world. And we sit on an abundant supply of it." He urged Kentuckians to protest the planned closure of the Tennessee Valley Authority's Paradise Unit 3. He said the closure of the coal-fired generator would hurt every community in the state and make Kentucky less competitive.
Source: Press release on Kentucky 2019 State of the State address , Feb 9, 2019

Fight against EPA's relentless attacks on the coal industry

Our administration will aggressively fight against the EPA's war on the energy sector in Kentucky, particularly the relentless attacks on the coal industry. As Governor, I will exercise, to the fullest extent of the law, our state's constitutional rights and sovereignty. For example, I will refuse to enforce federal regulations that are in opposition to our own state interests.
Source: 2015 Kentucky Gubernatorial campaign website, MattBevin.com , Aug 11, 2015

Support coal production and new nuclear power plants

Our country is blessed with an abundance of natural resources. Matt believes we can lower the cost of energy, decrease our dependence on foreign oil, and create badly needed jobs by exploring and developing these resources. At the same time, we must also defeat President Obama's War on Coal and his efforts to impose costly energy regulations on job creators across America.

Matt will be a vocal supporter of Kentucky's coal industry and will adamantly oppose efforts--like the cap-and-trade tax--to increase the cost of energy in this country. He will be a leading advocate against the EPA's burdensome regulations that are killing Kentucky jobs and he will fight to repeal ethanol and renewable fuels mandates that drive up the cost of energy. Matt will also work to reform our judicial review process that holds up coal production and nuclear power plants in frivolous lawsuits and bureaucratic red tape.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, MattBevin.com, "Issues" , Oct 25, 2013

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KY Gubernatorial:
Adam Edelen
Alison Grimes
Andy Beshear
Ben Chandler
Elaine Chao
Jim Gray
Robert Goforth
Rocky Adkins
KY Senatorial:
Amy McGrath
C. Wesley Morgan
Jim Gray
Mary Ann Tobin
Mitch McConnell
Rand Paul
Steven Cox

Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
Bevin(R) vs.Goforth(R,lost primary) vs.Adkins(D,lost primary) vs.Beshear(D) vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
Edwards(D) vs.Rispone(R) vs.Abraham(R) vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
Bryant(R,retiring) vs.Foster(R) vs.Hood(D) vs.Reeves(R) vs.Waller(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
Murphy(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R)
Northam(D,term-limited) vs.Herring(D) vs.Chase(R) vs.Fairfax(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2020:
DE: vs.Carney(incumbent) vs.Williams(D)
IN: vs.Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D) vs.Myers(D)
MO: Parson(incumbent) vs.Galloway(D) vs.Neely(R)
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D) vs.Cooney(D) vs.Williams(D)
NC: Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R) vs.Grange(R)
ND: Burgum(incumbent) vs.Coachman(R) vs.Lenz(D)
NH: Sununu(incumbent) vs.Volinsky(D) vs. fsFeltes(D)
PR: Rossello(D) vs.Garced(D) vs.Pierluisi(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Huntsman(R) vs.Cox(R) vs.Burningham(R) vs.Newton(D) vs.Hughes(R)
VT: Scott(incumbent) vs.Holcombe(D) vs.Zuckerman(D)
WA: Inslee(incumbent) vs.Bryant(R) vs.Fortunato(R)
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Ron Stollings(D)
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