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FrontPage News

Coal to Liquid Plant Eyes McCracken County
The mainstream press is reporting that Paducah may be the site of the first in the nation coal to liquification (CTL) plant. Clean Coal Power, LLC, received approval from the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet for incentives up to $550 million.
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Governor Beshear Announces Public-Private Partnership to Test Geology for Carbon Storage
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear today announced that the state is partnering with the newly created Western Kentucky Carbon Storage Foundation to advance the science of long-term carbon storage opportunities in the Commonwealth.

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Catlettsburg Plant - An Experiment in Coal Liquifaction
Some of you might remember a coal liquefaction pilot plant that operated in Catlettsburg in the early 80s. The plant was operated by Ashland Oil under a Department of Energy contract.
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States Scramble to Ease Pain at the Pumps
As fuel prices across the country pass $4 a gallon, many states are offering motorists at the start of the summer driving season suggestions and some solutions for relief.
 
Plans pursued by states range from widely discussed proposals to suspend gas taxes to exploring flex-time hours for state employees and allowing campers to store their recreational vehicles longer at state parks. Some motorists, as well, are cutting back their driving or taking advantage of vacation destinations closer to home.
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Utah Four Day Work Week: Is This a Model for Kentucky State Government?
In the face of $4-a-gallon gasoline, a growing number of states are offering their employees four-day workweeks to help relieve commuting costs and save on state energy bills. 
 
In the boldest step so far, Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. (R) announced June 26 that he is imposing a four-day workweek on about 17,000 state employees starting the first week of August and continuing for at least a year. Employees will work 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and about 1,000 of the 3,000 state buildings will be closed on Fridays. Essential services, such as highway patrols, courts, public schools and colleges, will not be affected by the changes, which are expected to save the state $3 million, said Lisa Roskelley, the governor’s spokeswoman.
 
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Editorials

Editorial - Converting Coal Still Has Unanswered Questions
Converting coal into clean energy won’t be cheap, easy or instant. Other countries, like China and India, are spending billions of dollars on their coal liquefaction programs...
There are questions that should be asked and answered before billions of dollars are spent on building and firing up coal liquefaction plants. Our past history with new technologies, especially energy technologies, has been one of build first, ask questions later.
 
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Community and Regional News

Liquified Coal Makes Strange Bedfellows
The Washington Post reported on January 10, 2007, before Barack Obama became a household name that he cosponsored a bill supporting the extended use of coal with a Senator whose name caught us by surprise.  

Make the jump to find out who Obama's co-sponsor was of the Coal to Liquid Fuel Promotion Act of 2007..
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