Tonight, news reports indicate Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Grimes will raise money with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, another in a long line of events with extremely anti-coal politicians.
Last year, you’ll recall, Grimes raised money with a California fundraiser who called coal “a fuel from Hell.” Earlier this month she appeared with prominent cap-and-trade supporter Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand of New York.
Now, it’s Rahm Emmanuel, who has a long history of trying to eliminate coal from our national energy matrix.
Just how much of Grimes’s support is coming from the most anti-coal quarters of politics? Too much if you are a Kentuckian. Over 90% of the state’s low-cost electricity is generated by coal. But if Grimes and her friends have their way, coal won’t have a place in our national energy matrix.
As Mayor, Rahm Emanuel Forced Two Coal-Fired Plants To Shut Down, And Mandated Chicago’s Electricity Supplier Eliminate All Coal-Sourced Power:
Mayor Emanuel Forged An Agreement To Retire Two Chicago Coal-Fired Power Plants. “Midwest Generation today announced that it will retire its two Chicago power plants, as the result of an agreement forged with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago in consultation with community groups and aldermen.” (Mayor Rahm Emanuel, “Mayor Emanuel Announces Agreement with Midwest Generation to Retire Two Coal-Fired Power Plants in Chicago,” Press Release, 2/29/12)
- EMANUEL: “During The Campaign And After Becoming Mayor, I Promised To Work To Ensure These Plants Were Either Cleaned Up Or Shut Down.” (Mayor Rahm Emanuel, “Mayor Emanuel Received Plan To Revitalize Former Coal Plant Sites And Surrounding Counties,” Press Release, 9/22/12)
Mayor Emanuel Required Chicago’s New Electricity Supplier To Eliminate All Coal-Sourced Power, Which The City Currently Relies On For Up To 40 Percent Of Its Electricity. “Emanuel required Chicago’s new electricity supplier, Integrys Energy Services, to eliminate all coal-sourced power, which the city currently relies on for up to 40 percent of its electricity. Even so, some environmental groups feel Emanuel’s plan fell short of championing clean energy in the long term. At the same time, coal suppliers argue that the fossil fuel should still be considered part of a total cleaner energy strategy.” (Marci Jacobs, “Chicago Is Going Coal-Free, But Is The City Really Cleaning Up Its Act?” Northwestern University’s Medill Reports, 1/29/13)
Emanuel Supported Obama’s Plan To Impose Tighter Pollution Controls On Coal -Fired Utilities:
In June 2013, Obama Declared His Administration Would Impose Tighter Pollution Controls On Coal And Gas-Fired Utilities. “President Obama delivered his most forceful push for action on global warming on Tuesday, declaring that his administration would impose tighter pollution controls on coal- and gas-fired utilities and establish strict conditions for approval of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.” (Juliet Eilperin, “On Climate Change, Obama Bypasses Congress With Ambitious Plan,” The Washington Post, 6/25/13)
Obama Ordered The EPA To Propose Limits On Carbon Dioxide Emissions From Existing Coal And Gas-Fired Utilities By 2015. “In perhaps the most significant policy unveiled Tuesday, Obama ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to propose limits on carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal- and gas-fired utilities by 2015.” (Juliet Eilperin, “On Climate Change, Obama Bypasses Congress With Ambitious Plan,” The Washington Post, 6/25/13)
- EMANUEL: “The Fact Of The Matter Is That Addressing The Issues Of Climate Change Is A Key Area Of Focus That Must Have National Attention And Cooperation.” (Rahm Emanuel, Op-Ed, “Chicago Supports President Obama On Climate Change,” The Huffington Post, 6/26/13)
- EMANUEL: “Tuesday, President Obama Stepped Forward And Provided Leadership On Key Climate Issues That Should Resonate Throughout The Nation. …The City Of Chicago Supports President Obama In These Historic Efforts, And I Am Hopeful That The Rest Of The Nation Follows Suit.” (Rahm Emanuel, Op-Ed, “Chicago Supports President Obama On Climate Change,” The Huffington Post, 6/26/13)
Emanuel Intervened During Debate On Cap-And-Trade In The House, And Has Supported Capping Carbon Emissions On Energy Utilities:
Emanuel Managed To Close The Deal On Cap-And-Trade In The House By Intervening During The Debate. “It was hard for the Democrats to get the 219 votes they needed to pass the ‘cap and trade’ climate change bill in the U.S. House two weeks ago. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, may have rolled the dice but, veteran Capitol Hillers say, it was only the intervention of President Barack Obama and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel that managed to close the deal.” (Peter Roff, “Numbers Adding Up Against Obama’s ‘Cap And Trade’ Bill In The Senate,” USNews & World Report, 7/7/09)
House Democrats Resented Emanuel For Forcing Them To Take Tough Votes On Cap And Trade. “Pelosi and her allies blame the collapsing health reform negotiations, in part, on Obama’s reluctance to sacrifice political capital to seal a final deal in mid-2009. House Democrats also resent the Emanuel and other White House officials forced them to take tough votes on cap and trade and health reform while allowing Reid and Senate Democrats months of fruitless frittering on the details.” (Glenn Thrush and John Bresnahan, “Top Dems At War – With Each Other,” Politico, 1/27/10)
Emanuel Implied Cap-And-Trade Is Among The Ways To Move The Economy Forward And On A Stronger Footing. PBS’S LEHRER: “Now, the famous ‘Now what?’ question. What’s the president going to do next? Health-care reform is done, at least as it sits here now. Financial reform, is that going to be a priority? Is it immigration going to — cap and trade, energy? What’s next? What’s the next big one?” EMANUEL: “Well, first of all, all of those are about — but they all fit together, okay? They’re all about moving the economy forward and getting the economy on a stronger footing.” (PBS’s “Newshour With Jim Lehrer,” 3/25/10)
Emanuel Introduced A Plan To Senators That Would Impose A Carbon Emissions Cap Only On The Energy Utilities Across The Country. “Lieberman expressed openness to a compromise plan from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel that would impose a carbon emissions cap only on the energy utilities across the country.” (“White House To Hold Bipartisan Talks With Senators On Energy Reform,” CNN, 6/20/10)