Grimes Donor Lead Advocate For Farm Regulation

August 20, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following background information on Alison Lundergan Grimes’ donors being the architect of harmful farm regulations following the Kentucky Farm Bureau candidate forum. 

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NRDC Praised The EPA Over-Regulation Of New Use Of The Clean Waters Act. “For far too long, our water bodies have been vulnerable to pollution and destruction, despite what the leaders who adopted the Clean Water Act over four decades ago intended.  The EPA/Army Corps rulemaking provides the best hope for finally restoring clear Clean Water Act protections to a host of critical water resources around the country.  Now, the American public has a chance to weigh in.  Please support this effort in any way you are able, and please specifically call on the agencies to finalize a rule that protects all waterways that the best available science shows to significantly impact the biological, chemical, and physical condition of downstream waters.  In particular, please take a minute to submit an official comment to the agencies.  Thanks!” (Jon Devine, “Everything you wanted to know about the EPA/Army Corps proposed clean water rules but were afraid to ask,” NRDC, 3/25/14)

More Background On Frances Beinecke And The NRDC

Frances Beinecke Is The President Of The NRDC. (“Frances Beinecke,

NRDC President,”, Accessed 5/28/14)

NRDC Report Was Consulted By The White House As They Were Coming Up With New Carbon Regulations. “BETTY LUI: Megan, the EPA hasn't even released its recommendations yet, so where did the Chamber get their numbers? MEGAN HUGHES: So they got a lot of this from an analysis of a Natural Resources Defense Council report that the White House has apparently been looking at or consulting in coming up with its proposal.  Now that report was first released late in 2012 but was updated last year, looking at what the EPA could do.” (Bloomberg’s In The Loop, 5/28/14)

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NRDC “Works Closely With The White House And EPA On Climate Policy”. “Last year, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), one of the most influential environmental lobbying groups in Washington, published its own recommendations for emissions standards for existing coal plants, in a report provocatively titled "Closing the Power Plant Carbon Pollution Loophole". The NRDC's proposals are significant because the council works closely with the White House and EPA on climate policy and they could have a significant influence on the EPA's own rulemaking.” (John Kemp, “COLUMN-U.S. EPA must set realistic emissions limits for coal: Kemp,” Reuters, 12/6/13)

NRDC Has Been Pushing The EPA To Put “Strict Limits” On Emissions From Power Plants. “The Natural Resources Defense Council is among environmental groups pushing the EPA to impose strict limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from the plants. Just after Obama was re-elected, the NRDC issued the most detailed proposal for how the EPA could use regulations under the Clean Air Act to limit emissions from the plants. (Lisa Lerer, Julianna Goldman, “Obama Said to Put Personal Push Behind EPA Emission Rules,” Bloomberg, 5/15/14)

NRDC’s Goal Was To “Rehabilitate” The Clean Air Act So That It Could Be Used To Regulate Power Plant Emissions. “Dan Lashof, NRDC's climate and clean air program director, said the group wrote the plan to "rehabilitate the reputation of the Clean Air Act," which critics say will raise electricity prices, "and show there is a flexible way to regulate carbon." (Valerie Volcovici, “Stakeholders brace for White House move on power plant emissions,” Reuters, 6/23/13)

Harry Reid Blocked Sen. McConnell’s "Coal Country Protection Act" Just Days After His Fundraiser With Grimes. “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell failedWednesday in his effort to get a quick Senate vote on his bill blocking new government rules limiting emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Kentucky Republican was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. In his most low-key procedural voice, McConnell asked unanimous consent for "immediate consideration" of his "Coal Country Protection Act" - introduced Tuesday - that would set conditions before the Environmental Protection Agency would be allowed to implement new regulations aimed at reducing carbon pollution by 30 percent by 2030.” (James Carroll, “Mitch McConnell's coal bill blocked by Harry Reid,” Courier-Journal, 6/4/14)


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