Gubernatorial hopeful Steve Henry launches his Coalfields to Cornfields initiative. Henry said when he was lieutenant governor in 1999 the state gave $3 million in seed funding and $3 million in loans for an ethanol plant in Hopkinsville. That money has already been re-paid.
If elected governor, Henry wants to dedicate $200 million to develop, produce and distribute Kentucky-based clean fuels. This includes ethanol, bio-diesel and coal.
Henry said the Coalfields to Cornfields initiative would make Kentucky more energy-efficient and would create 10,000 new jobs.
“Let me say it this way, there couldn’t be a better solution as far as creating jobs, having a cleaner environment, making sure that we get off the dependence of foreign oil, than what we did in Hopkinsville,” Henry said.
Henry is one of seven Democrats vying for the nomination in the May Primary. Three Republicans are also squaring off in the race.