Letters to the Editor

Coal plant tax?

February 13, 2007


To the editor:

To those legislators concerned about revenue sources for upkeep of our public institutions, why not a new coal plant tax?

Why are the governor and Legislature so willing to bend over backward for the proposed Sunflower Plant, which is not needed for Kansas power needs but rather is being planned to support Denver sprawl by a private group of investors?

It seems like they can only do the opposite of what is right and approve this power plant proposal while not taxing it. Why? Demand an answer!

Republican Rep. Rob Olson, of Olathe, says, "This plant is probably the best solution we've got right now." Yet he fails to acknowledge that the plant is not for Kansas but rather for Denver power production spurred on by Front Range sprawl in Colorado.

Mr. Olson must know about sprawl - being from Olathe.

Sven Alstrom,



BigDog 11 years, 3 months ago

Good thing there isn't any sprawl in Lawrence.

snowWI 11 years, 3 months ago

This is typical rhetoric from the far right Republicans in Olathe. Rob Olson must not understand that 92% of the electricity will not be going to Kansas. Yet, we still have not heard about any decision from the KDHE in quite awhile. Kansas will be FAR BEHIND most other states in the region when it comes to developing large scale wind farms. Texas, Iowa, and Minnesota have all proven that wind farms can provide electricity while reducing the need to build outdated pulverized coal plants. The proposed Sunflower plants will be obsolete as soon as they are built with no technologies to reduce the massive C02 emissions. (14 million tons per year)

Doug Harvey 11 years, 3 months ago

Why not a coal plant tax? Because mercury poisoning the public should not be for sale.

snowWI 11 years, 3 months ago

tenstring, Even with the newer technologies that we have the coal plants will still emit mercury into the environment. Several states have sued the EPA demanding more stringent standards regarding mercury.

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