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Kentucky Coal Leader: Grimes Has Been MIA On Coal

- September 19, 2013

OBAMA DELEGATE GRIMES HAS DONE LITTLE TO HELP KENTUCKY'S COAL INDUSTRY

Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett: Grimes Hasn't Said Or Done Much For Coal In Kentucky. "Bissett adds that Grimes hasn't said much about the subject until now and rarely was involved with the industry's concerns or needs in her capacity as secretary of state." (Phillip M. Bailey, "Kentucky Coal Leader Doubts Alison Lundergan Grimes Could Be Stronger Advocate Than Mitch McConnell," WFPL News, 9/18/13)

  • Grimes Has Had Little Success So Far In Picking Up Support From Kentucky's Coal Industry. "But attempts to pick up support from Kentucky coal industry leaders has yet to materialize when many already view McConnell as their top advocate." (Phillip M. Bailey, "Kentucky Coal Leader Doubts Alison Lundergan Grimes Could Be Stronger Advocate Than Mitch McConnell," WFPL News, 9/18/13)

IT'S NO WONDER THE COAL INDUSTRY IS LEERY OF GRIMES, LOOK AT HER SUPPORTERS

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)

Anti-Coal Celebrity Will.i.am Is Helping Grimes Fill Her Coffers

Singer Will.i.am Is Appearing At A Fundraiser For Kentucky Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes Tomorrow. "Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is getting yet another helping hand from a celebrity, this time singer will.i.am, who is scheduled to appear at a fundraiser in Kentucky for the candidate later this month. Nathan Smith, who is hosting the Sept. 20 fundraiser along with his wife at their Fort Mitchell, Ky., home, confirmed to The Hill that the Black Eyed Peas member will headline the event. (Alexandra Jaffe, "Will.i.am To Appear At Grimes Fundraiser," The Hill, 9/5/13)

Will.i.am Endorsed A Campaign To Shut Down The U.S. Capitol's Coal-Fired Power Plant. "Several thousand demonstrators marched through chilly winds and snow to the Capitol's coal-fired power plant today in a bid to attract the attention of lawmakers to the dangers of climate change… Over 70 public health, faith-based, labor, racial and environmental justice, and climate groups endorsed the action along with such leaders as Vandana Shiva, Tom Goldtooth, Daryl Hannah, Michael Franti, Bill McKibben, Gus Speth, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Noam Chomsky, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Paul Hawken, Adrienne Maree Brown, Wendell Berry, Kathy Mattea and Will.I.Am." ("Anti-Coal Protesters Block Gates To Capitol Power Plant," Environment News Service, 3/2/09)

Will.i.am Was Among The Supporters Attending An Al Gore Climate Change Speech In 2008. "Two skeptical guys behind me spent the minutes before Gore came onstage in a spirited discussion about how the Earth was warmer in the Middle Ages and observing, 'This place is full of 20-something white people,' a demographic they themselves fit into. The comment was only half true. There indeed were many 20-something white people, the kind lampooned on the site stuffwhitepeoplelike.com for their Priuses and bicycles (which, per Gore's request in the invitation to the speech, many rode to the event despite 90-degree heat). But the crowd spanned generations and races. Gore gave shout-outs to his wife, Tipper, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, and Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr. When he exited the stage, it was to the tune of U2's 'Beautiful Day.'" (Maura Judkis, "Notes From Al Gore's Climate Speech," U.S. News & World Report, 7/17/08)

  • In His Speech, Gore Called For The Elimination Of Coal And Other Fossil Fuels As Energy Sources Within Ten Years. "Al Gore's climate change speech for the We Campaign today challenged the United States to produce 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy and carbon-free sources within a decade. Gore paralleled his charge to the nation with President Kennedy's 1961 challenge to put a man on the moon within 10 years." (Maura Judkis, "Notes From Al Gore's Climate Speech," U.S. News & World Report, 7/17/08)

COAL IS VITAL TO KENTUCKY'S ECONOMY

Coal Accounts For 89,350 Direct And Indirect Jobs In Kentucky, With A Combined Payroll Of $5.5 Billion. (Coal In Kentucky, National Mining Association)


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