Archive for Friday, October 28, 2005

State seeks solution to rising fuel costs

October 28, 2005


— Skyrocketing fuel prices have prompted lawmakers to form a special committee to form a long-term state energy policy, officials said Thursday.

"The energy problem is not going to go away," said House Speaker Doug Mays, R-Topeka. "It's something we have to take a look at long term."

The House-Senate committee will meet for five days before the 2006 legislative session, which starts in January, and issue a report by Feb. 1.

Mays said state Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, one of the Legislature's experts on energy issues, will chair the committee.

"He's exhaustive," Mays said of Sloan. "He really takes issues apart."

House Democratic Leader Dennis McKinney of Greensburg said he hoped the committee would look at ways to increase oil refining capacity in Kansas, study why ethanol-blended gasoline is about the same price as regular gasoline, and whether any pressure is needed to reverse "bad business practices."

In its review, the committee also will study gasoline and diesel prices, biodiesel production, home heating fuels, alternative fuels, weatherization, and access to wholesale markets by independent oil and gas producers.

Oil prices and oil profits have hit record levels in recent weeks after hurricanes Katrina and Rita disrupted refining capacity in the Gulf Coast region.

Natural gas prices have more than doubled in the past year and record home heating costs are expected throughout the winter.


b_asinbeer 12 years, 8 months ago

Invest in renewable energy. That will take care of things AND decrease our dependence on oil.

Todd 12 years, 8 months ago

What, no smart arse suggesting something with roundabouts or evolution? What has this forum come to?

bearded_gnome 12 years, 8 months ago

build a new refinery...what an idea!

why not at the old farmland plant on the east side since that's already got some enviro hazzards now...better a refinery there than putting "low-cost" housing in that space on toxic soil...

Prydain 12 years, 8 months ago

I agree, the farmland site can never be cleaned to a level sufficiant for anything but industrial use.

Sigmund 12 years, 7 months ago

We can't have "Big Oil" raising their prices every time the cost of a barrel of oil goes up, nope that just won't do. High gasoline prices encourages consumers to conserve, discourages the use of "greenhouse gas" producing petro chemicals, and makes alternative energy much more attractive to investors and consumers alike. Nope, we cant allow that! We must form a committee to find a way to keep gas cheap so that we can continue to waste it. The least we can do is take the profits away from the producers of energy and give it to the 'gubmint' so they can form even more committees to study the problem. Allowing the oil companies to keep their profits will just encourage them to find more oil and gas.

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