Question: What alternative do you favor to cap and trade to protect the environment?
Conway: Opposes cap and trade. He will judge legislation on four criteria:
1. Does it protect Kentucky coal?
2. Does it protect the strategic advantage when it comes to lower electricity rates/?
3. Are we making certain brokers and traders not profiting under this system?
4. Are China and India playing by the same rules as America?
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Buckmaster: Opposed to cap and trade. It’s based on the fallacy of global warming. 500 scientists supported Texas AG against environmental protection. Anyone who believes in global warming must believe in cap and trade.
Sweeney: Cap and trade is inevitable. We can’t stick our heads in the sand. Hickman, Kentucky is looking at turbines under the river. Hardin County is already selling carbon credits to Illinois for about $100,000 a year. We talk about what we are opposed to – we ought to talk about what we can do.
Price: I oppose cap and trade because it is poorly written and any crook can get through it. “Eleven generals who are anything but liberal wrote a report entitled “Global Warming: a Threat to National Security”. That makes her believe in global warming. We need to make solar panels and wind turbines here at home.
Mongiardo: Opposes cap and trade vigorously. We can’t handle another tax on coal. Supports coal to liquid technology. A plant can be built in McCracken County. With ten such plants, thousands of jobs created from unique Kentucky coal.