Charles Booker on Energy & Oil



Climate crisis is great economic opportunity for Kentucky

Make no mistake, we are in a state of emergency. I believe addressing the climate crisis is not only one of the greatest imperatives of our time, but also one of the greatest economic opportunities for Kentucky. Further, addressing environmental injustice and racism is critical to protecting our families and our livelihood. That is why I'm an enthusiastic supporter of the Green New Deal, and why I've signed the No Fossil Fuel Dollars pledge. Our country has a desperate need right now for clean, renewable energy that doesn't contribute to global climate change. Kentucky coal miners have supplied the country with energy for generations and have been left high and dry as a result. There is no reason Kentucky can't be on the forefront of supplying the nation with clean, renewable energy for generations to come, and enjoy the reliable jobs that come with it.
Source: KFTC.org on 2022 Kentucky Senate race , Mar 16, 2021

Reclaim old coal land; black lung benefits for miners

Coal miners and coal communities deserve respect. That means that we need leaders who recognize what the people and communities of coal-producing regions like Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky have given to our country. It also means that we must take much-needed steps to protect the land and water and create economic opportunities in coal country. I am a proponent of legislation such as the RECLAIM Act and ensuring funding for black lung benefits for our miners.
Source: KFTC.org on 2022 Kentucky Senate race , Mar 16, 2021

Refers to Green New Deal as "Kentucky New Deal"

Booker's bid from the left, touting his support for the Green New Deal (which he referred to as the "Kentucky New Deal"), universal basic income and "Medicare for All," drew the support of progressive leaders from across the country. He emerged as a national voice during protests over police brutality and racial injustice following the police killings of George Floyd in Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.
Source: CNN coverage of 2022 Kentucky Senate race , Mar 15, 2021

Kentucky should lead the way to a green new deal

Charles is a father to two girls and wants to build a future in which they thrive. That means addressing the climate crisis by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels that emit greenhouse gases, and building the economy on clean, renewable sources of energy. Charles supports a Green New Deal, and believes that Kentucky--one of the largest coal-producing states in the country, and one whose economy has been rocked by the decline of the fossil fuel industry--must take the lead.
Source: 2020 Kentucky Senate campaign website BookerForKentucky.com , Jun 17, 2020

No on utilities paying customers less for excess solar power

SB100: Require the Public Service Commission to set the compensation rate for eligible customer-generators.

Analysis by the Lexington Herald-Leader: A controversial bill sought by major utility companies that could make rooftop solar panels less lucrative for homeowners will require the Kentucky PSC to determine the rates at which residential solar customers are compensated by utilities for selling their excess power back to the grid, a practice known as "net metering." Currently, utilities must pay the same rate for excess power as they charge residential customers. The Kentucky Solar Industries Association immediately called on Bevin to veto the bill: "Monopolies won today. It is a blow to every Kentuckian who wants to choose solar as his or her energy provider."

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 23-12-2 on Feb/13/19; Passed House 55-36-9 on Mar/14/19; State Rep. Charles Booker voted NO; Signed by Governor Matt Bevin on Mar/26/19

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader on Kentucky voting records SB100 , Mar 14, 2019

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