Letters to the Editor

Right decision

October 21, 2007

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To the editor:

Kudos to Secretary Bremby! As secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Rod Bremby is expected to make decisions that are in the best interest of the public health of the residents of Kansas. Kudos to him for not succumbing to big money corporate pressure, for not making the politically expedient decision. Kudos to him for having the courage to do what is right, not only for the residents of Kansas, but for the world.

Rarely does such an opportunity present itself, and rarely does a person in Bremby's position, under such political pressure from the opposition, do what is right. If there was a Kansas Person of the Year award, he should receive it. I thank you and the planet thanks you.

Catherine Bolton,

Lawrence

Comments

toefungus 7 years, 8 months ago

It's Lawrence against the rest of the state.

jlw53 7 years, 8 months ago

Sadly, Bremby is really just another political bozo who caves to the perceived pressure of irrational do-gooders who want to "save everybody from themselves".

Build nuclear plants, then.

average 7 years, 8 months ago

"Build nuclear plants, then."

Definitely. Let's build some advanced nukes to replace Jeffrey and our other dirty coal plants. Let Colorado figure out how to power their own sprawl monster.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 7 years, 8 months ago

I like to think of myself as an irrational do-gooder... with a cape!

average 7 years, 8 months ago

DotsLines:

I think you've missed recent developments.

http://www.snl.com/irweblinkx/file.aspx?IID=4057436&FID=4916766&printable=1

The South Texas Project has, within the last month, filed a full application for two new reactors. They are using a modernized design that GE has built several of in Japan and Taiwan in the last decade. At least 30 applications (all for new additional units at existing nuclear plants) are expected in the next three years.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 8 months ago

You betcha hats off to Rod Bremby for display of spine. You opened the door for Western Kansas which will be just as happy with wind power once they understand that more residents would benefit long term because jobs would not be concentrated in Holcomb. The economic gain would be widespread for so many years just like the oil and gas wells are today. Moving forward with a new energy source will employ far more than the 160 in Holcomb.

If local,state and DC politicians would get out of the way the lions share of our population would be delighted with a greener lifestyle to include green collar employment. An absolute good reason to replace 95% of incumbents.

The equipment is readily available and the politicians and Sunflower did not offer all of the facts available regarding the more than available technology. Of course Sunflower and politicians forgot to inform citizens about the potential broad sweeping positive economic impacts for western Kansas farmers plus excellent jobs for many many others.

Sunflower and the politicians need to get out of the way and stop being a brick wall to new long term economic impacts across western Kansas. Western Kansas is considered ONE of THE gold mines as a nationwide wind energy source. Eastern side of Kansas is not blessed in this regard. Hilly and Mountainous regions cannot do it. Wind energy would be a great long term investment opportunity.

average 7 years, 8 months ago

DotsLines -

I take it you don't get out of the area much. Electric powered locomotives have been around for a century or more. Trains (yes, freight too) in the Boston-WashDC corridor have been electric for 70 years. Most of Europe's trains are electric... even the trans-Siberian is 100% wired. You ride "under the wire" from Glasgow to Vladivostok or Shanghai.

And in countries with substantial electric infrastructure (France, Sweden, Lithuania) electric heating is the primary choice.

average 7 years, 8 months ago

(just want to apologize to DotsLines for being a little too belligerent above)

RedwoodCoast 7 years, 8 months ago

Oh yeah, sure, environmentalists are misguided... Or maybe just far-sighted. Yeah, I'd say probably just a little less temporally-confined than any rational person. Because making any long-term considerations that stretch beyond our current generation is just plain irrational and silly. Silly I tell you.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 7 years, 8 months ago

I've just reread the letter. What was it that Bremby did?

BigDog 7 years, 8 months ago

No reason to thank Rod Bremby for the decision. This decision may have filtered through Rod Bremby but make no mistake about it ...... Governor Sebelius made this decision. She was looking out for herself and her future political desires. She makes few moves without measuring them against the impact they will have on her political future. And if you think she was going to let her political appointee negatively impact her future political opportunites; you don't understand politician who aspire for the national political stage.

Grundoon Luna 7 years, 8 months ago

Most people are genuinely concerned for the environment and the future of our planet and it's not about politial posturing. I'd like to see you point that cynicism at your own party, Dog, where there is posturing a plenty.

Let CO, TX and OK pollute their own states. Oh, but wait . . . at least one of those states has environmental laws that won't allow the operation of a plant of this type in their state. It's a red state, too. What kind of political posturing where they doing there, Dog?

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 7 years, 8 months ago

I'm sorry, but I don't believe the Sierra Club is against using wind power. In fact, it's been the source I've seen most discussed as an alternative to coal.

etsi_truss 7 years, 8 months ago

Build nuclear plants

And designate Lawrence and Topeka as waste dumps!!!!!!!!!!!!!

a_flock_of_jayhawks 7 years, 8 months ago

There's a new, renewable source of energy that may be available soon and may dispose of this argument once and for all, to everyone's benefit. It doesn't harm the environment, will eventually significantly reduce (possibly eliminate) the need for fossil fuels, and should drop the price of energy to the point that it will represent a much smaller portion of household expenditures. Stay tuned...

etsi_truss 7 years, 8 months ago

Sure you can!!

"" I'm sorry, but I don't believe the Sierra Club is against using wind power. In fact, it's been the source I've seen most discussed as an alternative to coal. ""

Wind power? 6,300 MW of wind has the same load carrying capacity as 550 MW of thermal generation (i.e. 8.7% due to unreliability of wind generation when power demand is highest). The biggest wind turbines are around 2 MW, so it would take about 16,000 wind turbines to equal the two 700 MW of coal generation at Holcomb. Great idea 1 about every 5 sq. mile, oh and don't screw with the eastern Kansas scenic byways so now we are at 1 every 2.5 sq mile Heck less just all move to eastern Kansas and leave western Kansas for windmills and prairie dogs

csgblaw 7 years, 8 months ago

etsi_truss,

Who are you to use statistics and facts and be such a realist? Don't you know that we are all supposed to only consider wind power in the abstract?

BigDog 7 years, 8 months ago

Republicans are not the only ones who have issue with the Governor's, I mean Rod Bremby's decision.

"I no longer feel that I can represent the Democratic Party of Kansas. As despicable as I find the national Republican Party, I find the leaders of the Kansas Democratic party even more despicable. Anyone who would throw a 3.5 billion-dollar investment away when it offered the citizens of this great state an opportunity to show the world what can be done with one of the most innovative energy programs ever conceived does not and will not get one minute of my time." -- Lon Wartman, who resigned as Finney County's Democratic chairman.

"This decision is a devastating blow to our rural economy and seriously threatens our chances to build a proposed transmission line that would help develop wind generation in Kansas." -- Sen. Janis Lee, a Kensington Democrat.

http://www.hdnews.net/Story/k1099_BC_KS_CoalPlants_Quotes_10_18_0785

Grundoon Luna 7 years, 8 months ago

And what were they going to do when this plant dried up the Oglalla Aquifer? The place is virtually a desert.

Too bad Big Red corporate sees fit to send manufacturing jobs overseas. Jobs that used to be solid employement for people in rural areas.

And you all like to cry about the jobs that have been "lost' by dems. Why don't you all work on getting back all the jobs the conservatives have helped ship overseas. Yeah, walmat suporters, the number of those job losses pale in comparision to the 160 that were going to be available - and not all long term - through this project that would further soil our planet.

a_flock_of_jayhawks 7 years, 8 months ago

BigDog says, "Republicans are not the only ones who have issue with the Governor's, I mean Rod Bremby's decision."

Great! Get them out of the way. The change has already arrived and if they can't see the writing on the wall...sucks to be them. Maybe they should take the issue up with SCOTUS. Good luck with that.

There are some issues that Mr. Bremby and I have disagreed on. This one is not one of them.

Bubbles 7 years, 8 months ago

There are gazilions examples of a "Right decision", can anyone tell me of one "Left decision"?

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