Governor's Conference on Energy and the EnvironmentNoonTuesday, Sept. 17, 2013Lexington Convention CenterGov. Steve Beshear
It’s great to see such a nice crowd here at the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the
Environment.As we in Kentucky continue to address complex challenges whose outcomes will havesignificant impact on our long-term success
challenges like education, a competitiveworkforce and the health of our people
the issues of energy, the environment and theeconomy rank near the top of the list.After all, those three areas are intertwined.
Each affects the others …
each is conditional on the others
and each presents problemswhose solutions cannot be fashioned without taking into account the effect of thosesolutions on the other areas.To apply that truism to this conference, we cannot in good conscience create an energystrategy without studying closely the impact of that strategy on both the environment andthe foundations of Kentucky
the message Sec. Peters and I have been delivering to Washington since the day Itook office.Decisions and discussion on energy production and regulation must not happen in avacuum.
And that’s especially true given Kentucky’s demographics: With among the hi
ghest per capita poverty rates, our people are particularly vulnerable to both fluctuations in jobavailability caused by the health of our manufacturing industry and to increases in energycosts caused by regulation.*** Now, t
he President’s ann
ouncement of his climate change agenda earlier this summer
didn’t take anyone by surprise
.We expected it.But what it did do was to add urgency to our need to understand the potential impacts of greenhouse gas regulations on our state.