Monday, May 21, 2012
Kentucky 4th Most Polluted State; Thank Hal Rogers!
Kentucky 4th Most Polluted State; Thank Hal Rogers! "July 21, 2011 "By David M. F. Schankula "Good news, Kentucky! "Our “Casey Anthony Dunking Booth” may have been shut down but fear not, we aren’t out of the national headlines just yet. The Natural Resources Defense Council named Kentucky the 4th Most Polluted State! "Kentucky ranks fourth-highest on the list of states with the most air pollution from coal and oil-fired power plants, an environmental group said Wednesday. "The three highest states were Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, according to an analysis of federal data by the Natural Resources Defense Council. "This is great news because it motivates our state leaders to step up their efforts to lead the Commonwealth to the number one position. Apparently they aren’t doing enough. "But they are trying. Just last week, Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) led the charge to rip funding from the EPA: "The Republican-led House Appropriations Committee has approved a restrictive spending bill for Fiscal Year 2012 that allows uranium mining on public lands adjacent to the Grand Canyon, prohibits funding for the U.S. EPA to set greenhouse gas standards, and exempts oil and utility companies from the Clean Air Act. "The EPA’s budget would be cut by $1.5 billion and the Interior Department would take a $715 million hit under the bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday. "House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, of Kentucky, said, “This bill sends a strong message that the EPA’s ‘legislation by regulation’ and commandeering of congressional authority is opposed by a strong bi-partisan contingent of lawmakers.” "Some may question Hal’s claim of “bipartisanship” . . ." * * * "Some might say . . . our ire should more correctly be directed at Hal Rogers… " This time elect Kenneth Stepp, a Democrat to the U.S. House, KY-05. It's time for a change!