Erica Peterson

Erica reports on environment and energy issues for WFPL, which run the gamut from stories about the regionââââ

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Environment
12:19 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

McConnell Criticizes China-U.S. Deal on Curbing Carbon Dioxide Pollution

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 11:35 am

The world’s two biggest emitters of carbon dioxide have reached an agreement on emissions reductions. The United States and China announced the deal yesterday, in a move that’s already being praised by environmental groups and panned by Congressional Republicans.

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Environment
1:55 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

There Are Only 11,600 Coal Miners Left in Kentucky

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 12:10 pm

Overall coal production in Kentucky remained steady between the second and third quarters of 2014, but that’s because losses in the eastern part of the state were offset by gains in the west.

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Politics
1:48 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

McConnell Takes Five Point Lead in Latest Bluegrass Poll

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 10:23 am

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a five point lead over Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, according to the latest and final Bluegrass Poll.

Forty-eight percent of likely voters polled say they plan to vote for McConnell, while forty-three percent say they support Grimes. Libertarian David Patterson gets three percent, and six percent of voters are still undecided.

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Environment
12:18 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

USDA Launches Website to Help Landowners Manage Climate Change Risk

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:01 am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a new website designed to provide practical information to farmers, ranchers and landowners dealing with the effects of climate change across the country.

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Politics
12:01 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Environmental Rules Likely Target Under Republican-Controlled Congress

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 11:55 am

Election Day is a week away, and Republicans are holding out hope that their party can gain control of the Senate and keep control of the House. If that happens, it will give Republicans like current Minority Leader Mitch McConnell more leverage to take action on the Obama Administration’s environmental policies. These policies include proposed limits on greenhouse gases from new and existing power plants, and many others that McConnell has railed against over the past six years.

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Environment
4:57 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Kentucky Noted as 'Most-Improved' in Annual Energy Efficiency Rankings

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 1:55 pm

An energy policy non-profit today released its annual ranking of states by energy efficiency programs.

Though Kentucky is still in the bottom half of the list, it was recognized as one of the “most-improved” states.

Indiana, on the other hand, fell the furthest and is currently ranked 40th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Environment
10:20 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Study Shows Direct Connections Between Mountaintop Removal Dust Exposure and Lung Cancer

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:11 pm

A new epidemiological study adds to the growing body of scientific evidence that mountaintop removal coal mining is harmful to the health of nearby residents.

The study published last week in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Technology used dust samples from homes near a mountaintop removal site in West Virginia, as well as a control site far from mining in the eastern part of the state.

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Politics
9:19 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Here's What Alison Grimes and Mitch McConnell Discussed in KET's Debate

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell at the Oct. 13 debate hosted by Bill Goodman and KET.

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 3:26 am

The two major party candidates for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat faced off in their first—and likely only—televised debate on public television Monday night.

Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky’s Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes traded barbs in the forum moderated by Kentucky Educational Television’s Bill Goodman.

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Politics
2:28 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

McConnell Has Contentious Interview With Kentucky Sports Radio

Mitch McConnell

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 1:21 pm

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and the host of Kentucky Sports Radio had a series of sharp exchanges Wednesday in a broadcast interview that tackled topics ranging from same-sex marriage to global climate change.

McConnell called in to Kentucky Sports Radio and spoke for over 10 minutes with host Matt Jones, who has made repeated pleas for an interview. McConnell's Democratic opponent in the November election, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, spoke with Jones and KSR in September.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Video Purports to Show Grimes' Dislike of Coal. What Does It Really Say?

In a photo released by her campaign, Alison Lundergan Grimes visits a Floyd County coal mine earlier this year.

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 4:27 pm

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes isn’t being honest with voters about her support of Kentucky’s coal industry, according to a video released today by the conservative Project Veritas.

The video by James O’Keefe—who was widely criticized for deceptively editing a video about ACORN in 2009—relies on hidden camera interviews with Kentucky Democratic officials about Grimes and coal, but ultimately doesn't prove much about where she truly stands on coal.

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