Adam Edelen on Energy & Oil
Jobs for out-of-work coal miners in renewable energy
Edelen touted his work as a renewable energy developer. He said he's this year he will break ground on the largest solar installation in Kentucky by ten times, and it will bring $130 million in capital investment,
creating jobs for out-of-work coal miners. "Folks, if we can create opportunity in the forgotten places using renewable energy, why can't we do it right here in Louisville? Why can't we create the jobs of the future?"
Source: Insider Louisville blog on 2019 Kentucky governor's race
, Apr 26, 2019
Install solar panels on reclaimed surface mines
Edelen is trying to position himself as the businessman in the contest. In April 2017, Edelen and other business partners announced they were studying the possibility of installing tens of thousands of solar panels on a reclaimed surface mine in
Pike County. He said that the project is expected to move forward in Eastern Kentucky in the coming weeks, and said a commitment to renewable energy could help bring jobs to the state.
"Let me say something that no candidate for Kentucky governor ever
has, though every farmer and hunter knows it to be true," Edelen said. "Climate change is real and so are the thousands of jobs that can be created fighting it."
That project was one of many appeals Edelen made to the progressive base of the
Democratic Party in the aftermath of his upset loss to state Auditor Mike Harmon in 2015. He also toured the state proclaiming a message that the Kentucky Democratic Party must find a way to appeal to rural voters who have fled to the Republican Party.
Source: Lexington Herald-Leader on 2019 Kentucky gubernatorial race
, Jan 7, 2019
Climate change is real; renewables key to tomorrow's jobs
Kentucky is losing business and jobs because we have resisted Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards. Time after time, Kentucky is passed over from outside investment from companies committed to growing in states who have embraced renewable energy,
costing us the 21st century jobs we desperately need.
A bold initiative and private industry know-how in renewable energies, like solar, hydro and wind, will place Kentucky on track to capture the new investment and jobs that currently pass us by.
It's past time for Kentucky to commit to renewable energy, but it's not too late. Climate change is real and renewable energy is key to securing tomorrow's jobs.
By retrofitting our government facilities to capture inexpensive and providing the
incentives for energy audits as soon as possible, renewable energy that costs pennies compared to what our local government facilities now pay we can decrease the expense of government and pass the savings on to taxpayers.
Source: 2019 Kentucky governor campaign website AdamEdelen.com
, Dec 31, 2018
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