Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is defending a coal-fired power plant that's under construction in Kemper County.
Barbour says the U.S. should develop a variety of energy sources, including Mississippi-mined lignite that will be used at the plant.
As governor from 2004 to 2008, Republican Barbour signed a law allowing Mississippi Power Co. to charge higher rates to finance the Kemper plant.
Mississippi Power is a subsidiary of Southern Company, which has long been represented by BGR, the Washington lobbying firm Barbour co-founded.
During an energy speech Tuesday to the Madison County Business League, Barbour acknowledged the financial link between Southern Company and BGR. He noted after the speech that he was not working for BGR while he was governor; his assets were in a blind trust.
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