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Grimes’ Coal Attacks “Laughable”

- September 25, 2013

EVEN LIBERAL ACTIVISTS ARE SHAKING THEIR HEADS AT ALISON LUNDERGAN GRIMES' ATTACKS ON MITCH MCCONNELL'S RECORD

Alison Lundergan Grimes Recently Tried To Blame Mitch McConnell For President Obama's New Anti-Coal EPA Regulations. "Alison Lundergan Grimes has tried to blame U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell for the Obama administration's tough new environmental regulations on greenhouse gas emissions at new coal-fired power plants. 'We are tired of Senator McConnell's Washington, out-of-touch regulations,' Grimes told a group of Democrats in Owensboro last weekend, according to a video on Time-Warner's CN2 cable channel website." (Joseph Gerth, "Alison Lundergan Grimes Says Sen. Mitch McConnell Is Part Of Coal Industry's Problem," Courier-Journal , 9/24/13)

Contrary To Grimes' Attacks, McConnell Has A Long History Of Opposing Anti-Coal Regulations. "But McConnell, the highest-ranking Republican in the Senate, has a long history of opposing regulations on coal mining, and in fact, pushed for an amendment in 2011 that would have prohibited the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing new rules on greenhouse gases. (Joseph Gerth, "Alison Lundergan Grimes Says Sen. Mitch McConnell Is Part Of Coal Industry's Problem," Courier-Journal , 9/24/13)

Grimes' Attacks Were Dismissed As "Laughable" By An Environmental Activist

Sarah Lynn Cunningham, An Environmental Activist, Called Grimes' Attack On McConnell "Laughable" And Couldn't Think Of A Single Time McConnell Sided Against Coal. "'That's a laughable accusation,' said Sarah Lynn Cunningham, an environmental engineer and activist in Louisville. Cunningham said she couldn't think of one time when McConnell has sided with the environment over the coal industry." (Joseph Gerth, "Alison Lundergan Grimes Says Sen. Mitch McConnell Is Part Of Coal Industry's Problem," Courier-Journal , 9/24/13)

  • "'I Can't Believe That She Doesn't Know The Supreme Court Has Twice Issued Major Rulings Saying The EPA Should Be Regulating Greenhouse Gases Per The (Federal) Clean Air Act,' Said Cunningham, A Democrat. 'Mitch McConnell Has One Hell Of A Lot Of Power In Washington, But The Supreme Court, They're The Big Boys.'" (Joseph Gerth, "Alison Lundergan Grimes Says Sen. Mitch McConnell Is Part Of Coal Industry's Problem," Courier-Journal , 9/24/13)

ANTI-COAL FORCES HAVE A CANDIDATE IN KENTUCKY: HER NAME IS ALISON LUNDERGAN GRIMES

Grimes Was Recruited To Run By Harry Reid, Who Says "Coal Makes Us Sick."

Grimes Travelled To Washington To Have Private Meetings With Reid Prior To Announcing Her Candidacy. "Still, if Democrats recruit a top-tier candidate, McConnell could be the party's No. 1 target in 2014 - with big liberal donors prepared to dump huge bucks to take out the GOP leader. Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state, remains perhaps the last major Democratic threat to McConnell, but she's been mum so far on her intentions, despite quietly coming to Washington last month and even privately meeting with Reid, sources say." (Jonathan Martin and Manu Raju, "Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid: 2 Sides Of Same Coin," Politico, 6/10/13)

  • Reid Is Helping Grimes Raise Money. "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will help raise funds for the 2014 opponent of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to a report. Reid will hold a luncheon for Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state and McConnell's opponent in the 2014 elections, Kentucky News Channel 2 reported. The luncheon will take place in Las Vegas on Friday, Oct. 11 and tickets range from $1,000 to $5,000." (James Arkin, "Report: Harry Reid To Fundraise Vs. Mitch McConnell," Politico , 9/13/13)

Reid Has Declared That "Coal Makes Us Sick." "REID: "We talk about cost competitiveness, but the one thing we fail to talk about is those costs that you don't see on the bottom line. That is coal makes us sick. Oil makes us sick. It's global warming. It's ruining our country. It's ruining our world." (Harry Reid, Fox Business Network Interview, 6/30/08)

Pro-Cap And Trade Senators Are Bankrolling Grimes' Campaign

Sens. Mark Begich (D-AR) And Kay Hagan (D-NC) Both Sent Fundraising Appeals For Kentucky Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes To Their Supporters. "Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) are helping Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) Democratic opponent, an unusual move for senators facing their own tough reelection battles. Begich and Hagan both emailed supporters Thursday afternoon asking for supporters to pledge support for Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), a way for the Kentucky candidate to build a fundraising base." (Cameron Joseph, "Begich, Hagan Helping Mcconnell's Opponent," The Hill, 8/22/13)

In March 2013, Begich Voted In Favor Of Establishing A Carbon Tax. "Whitehouse, D-R.I., amendment no. 646 that would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would provide for a fee on carbon pollution and use revenues collected to reduce the deficit." (S. Con. Res. 8, CQ Vote #58: Rejected 41-58: R 0-45; D 39-13; I 2-0, 3/22/13, Begich Voted Yea)

During Her 2008 Campaign, Hagan's Spokeswoman Said She Would Have Supported The Climate Security Act, A Bill That "At Its Heart . . . Is A Basic Cap-And-Trade System." "The bill, known as the Climate Security Act, includes provisions for a variety of special interests, from job-training funds for renewable energy workers to funding for green buildings. At its heart, though, the bill is a basic cap-and-trade system for energy companies that emit greenhouse gases… state Sen. Kay Hagan of Greensboro, supports the bill, which her spokeswoman said fit Hagan's energy plan offered this spring." (Barbara Barrett, "Climate Bill Has Unlikely Ally," Charlotte Observer, 6/6/08)

DEMOCRATS' ANTI-COAL AGENDA WOULD BE DEVASTATING FOR KENTUCKY

Obama's New Regulations "Are Expected To Have Far-Reaching Implications For Coal States Such As Kentucky." "Together, they are expected to have far-reaching implications for coal states such as Kentucky, which ranks third nationally in coal production and uses coal to generate more than 90 percent of the state's electricity." (James Bruggers, "EPA Unveils Tougher Pollution Limits For New Power Plants," The [Louisville, KY] Courier-Journal , 9/20/13)

The New Regulations Will Put "More Pressure On Kentucky's Reeling Coal Industry." "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday unveiled a reworked set of regulations aimed at slashing pollution levels from new power plants - simultaneously putting more pressure on Kentucky's reeling coal industry." (James Bruggers, "EPA Unveils Tougher Pollution Limits For New Power Plants," The [Louisville, KY] Courier-Journal , 9/20/13)

The Coal Industry Directly And Indirectly Employs 89,350 People In Kentucky. ("Coal In Kentucky," National Mining Association, Accessed 8/23/13)

  • Coal Jobs Directly And Indirectly Provide $5.5 Billion In Wages To Kentucky Workers Every Year. ("Coal In Kentucky," National Mining Association, Accessed 8/23/13)

Coal Contributes $10 Billion To Kentucky's Economy. "It says 'coal is not just an energy source, it's a way of life' in Kentucky, contributing $10 billion to Kentucky's 2010 economy. It goes on to say lawmakers have 'deep concern' the new climate policies will make matters worse." (Ronnie Ellis, "Kentucky Lawmakers Lash Out At Obama's 'War On Coal'," The Register-Herald, 8/7/13)

A Bi-Partisan Group Of Fifty Kentucky Lawmakers Wrote To Obama Objecting To His "Unfair Attack On Coal." "A bi-partisan group of 50 Kentucky lawmakers has appealed to President Obama to show greater sympathy for and grant relief to the nation's beleaguered coal industry. Democratic Speaker Greg Stumbo, who represents coal-producing Floyd County in Eastern Kentucky, and 49 other members of the Kentucky House sent a letter to Obama objecting to his administration's 'unfair attack on coal.' (Ronnie Ellis, "Kentucky Lawmakers Lash Out At Obama's 'War On Coal'," The Register-Herald, 8/7/13)


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