Archive for Friday, March 21, 2008

Governor vetoes legislation on coal-fired power plants

Override attempts expected in Senate, House

March 21, 2008


— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday vetoed legislation to build two coal-fired power plants.

The action was expected. Sebelius has criticized the bill frequently since lawmakers sent it to her desk last week.

Now the question is whether supporters of the bill can muster the required two-thirds majorities in the House and Senate to override her veto.

The legislation passed with more than a two-thirds majority in the 40-member Senate, 31-7, but fell short of the 84 votes needed in the 125-member House when it was adopted, 75-47.

The standoff has become one of the main issues of the legislative session and has attracted national attention in the debate over climate change and the effect of carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired electric generation plants.

Hays-based Sunflower Electric Power Corp. and two out-of-state companies proposed building the $3.6 billion plants near Holcomb in southwest Kansas. Under the proposal, approximately 85 percent of the power would be sold to customers outside Kansas.

Last October, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Roderick Bremby denied permits for the two 700-megawatt plants, citing concerns about carbon dioxide emissions and their effect on climate change. The project would have emitted 11 million tons of CO2 per year.

Supporters of the plants cried foul, saying that the plants met all current environmental restrictions and that neither the state nor the federal government regulate CO2. The project also was touted for its anticipated economic benefit to southwest Kansas.

When House Speaker Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, was asked earlier this week if he had obtained the necessary votes to override a veto, he said, "We'll talk about that later."


Tristan Moody 9 years ago

When House Speaker Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, was asked earlier this week if he had obtained the necessary votes to override a veto, he said, "We'll talk about that later."

In other words. Not yet.

Richard Heckler 9 years ago

Coal price seen rising 3 fold, to hit record - Merrill

That Governor Sebelius knows when to say NO!

Richard Heckler 9 years ago

Front Page Headlines

Cost of coal power is rising By STEVE EVERLY and KAREN DILLON The Kansas City Star

Electric bills are poised to soar for customers of utilities building coal-fired power plants.

The plants, long-trusted purveyors of low-cost power, no longer seem like such good bets because of soaring construction costs and the surging cost of coal. Moreover

Richard Heckler 9 years ago


The simplest answer is who is willing to pay for what.

Wyoming coal shipped abroad could create quite expensive coal.

dirkleisure 9 years ago

We should also be happy about the price of a barrel of oil and a gallon of gasoline.

And the falling prices of our homes.

Those who truly understand economics are the ones who understand rapidly rising costs for fuel and electricity coupled with falling values of property equals great things for the economy.

Now, if only the stock market would crash, then the economy would truly be on the right track.

dirkleisure 9 years ago

I wonder what scientists attribute this season's strong La Nina to...

yankeelady 9 years ago

It can be done, we just need to get past business as usual. Every time a republican talks about something being "bad for business" I cringe, because we are about to get the shaft once again. But it is a comfort to know the oil and energy companies are making record profits. the administration must be very proud.

deskboy04 9 years ago

I just wonder how many of you will be turning your air conditioners off this summer.

BigDog 9 years ago

You might want to read Governor Sebelius' veto message from earlier today.

She states that if certain conditions are met by Sunflower, she is willing to let Sunflower build one 700 megawatt coal plant.

Seems like her tune may have changed a bit also in this whole battle.

Centerville 9 years ago

She offered one plant just before the session started...when she realized that she was no longer welcome west of Hwy 81. We just lost another big industrial contract because our 'governor' has guaranteed very expensive and very unreliable electric power.

hornhunter 9 years ago

Centerville, I believe it is 3 1. Power plants 2. National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility 3. Oil Refinery

hornhunter 9 years ago

The NBADF needs a power plant ?

So there you have it logic

DaREEKKU 9 years ago

I wish that people would not make this issue into a Republican V Democrat issue. Wind Energy would benefit both sides. Self righteous hippies can feel better about themselves every time they turn the stove on and selfish republicans can feel better knowing that they can use as much electricity as they want because it's renewable, clean and cheap.

Either way, I love Sebelius and she wouldn't be getting all of the (POSITIVE) national attention if she weren't doing things right. And WE elected her....imagine that! Kansas did something RIGHT for a stop f**king it up!!

dirkleisure 9 years ago

Yes. "Lost" an oil refinery.

In additional news, the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie will not be shot in Kansas, due of course to the regulatory uncertainty caused by Bremby's decision. Also, Breckinridge Ski Resort has decided not to expand into Kansas, due to the regulatory uncertainty caused by Bremby's decision.

Finally, it appears Kansas will not be hosting the Summer Olympics, due to the regulatory uncertainty caused by Bremby's decision.

If you're going to make up lies about businesses avoiding Kansas, at least make them as plausible as the ones I just concocted. The refinery one is 10x as ridiculous as any of these.

hornhunter 9 years ago

dickleisure, Kind of sounds like the BS Sunflower went through. But read into it what you want since your 10x smarter then, cool, merrill and who could froget snowWI

ralphralph 9 years ago

I missed this news (... the 'job' thing again ...)

Well, then ... Chatty Kathy decided not to seek another term? That seems to be the hidden meaning here.

Ya think?

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