KYA Bill Rough Draft BY: Matthew Panaretos, Ethan Raque, Landon Williams and Christopher Jordan The Trump Administration has put into effect the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, which allows states to set their own targets for carbon emissions instead of meeting the higher national standards. While this would be a benefit to coal-fired power plants, the thousands of residents breathing such polluted air would pay the price with greater health problems. Kentucky should take the example from other states, like Ohio, that have successfully moved away from coal power to cleaner and more efficient natural gas, geothermal and solar energy. The state should set a ten year plan to increase the availability of natural gas and solar power plants and decrease the use of coal power by 50% during that time. Kentucky’s leaders need to put citizens’ health as a priority. Eliminating coal pollutants from the air will reduce the number of cancer cases and chronic disease, which means less money being needed to pay for such major medical issues.