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March 27, 2008

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To the editor:

The quote from Steve Morris in the March 22 front page article on the veto of the coal plant bill demonstrates the incredible lack of forward-looking leadership and understanding that so many of our elected officials are now exhibiting. We owe it to our future generations to make decisions based on scientific fact and not give in to the pressure of short-term monetary gain and forecasts of economic doom that politicians use for their own agendas.

With this in mind, the quote should read "Allowing this dirty coal technology to be part of Kansas' energy future will result in a devastating increase to the costs our children must pay in order to clean up the mess we have made." Thank goodness that our governor knows better and has the backbone to act.

Bill Klein,

Lawrence

Comments

devobrun 6 years ago

Erring on the side of caution is supplying the energy needs of the country. Moving to grain-based energy sources has already caused a massive increase in grain prices and additional pollution of our waterways and groundwater. It is wrong on the basis of energy, economics, and peripheral pollution.

Budgets should be set for each technology, new and old. These budgets should be energy budgets, carbon budgets, and additional pollution budgets. On the basis of these budgets, rational decisions can be made on which technologies should be pursued. Presently, this isn't being done because the most important criteria is stickin' it to Big Oil. Until new technologies are ready for prime time, coal-based or nuclear-based electricity should be developed.

Come on guys, in 10 years China and India will be producing double the CO2 that we do now.

Oh Mr. Klein, what is a scientific fact? A global warming model in a computer somewhere? Hockey-stick graphs from Al Gore's movie? HaHa

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jafs 6 years ago

STRS,

That's why we need good federal guidelines. Perhaps the next administration will show more leadership on this issue.

But, in the meantime, I would suggest erring on the side of caution, given the current scientific consensus.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 6 years ago

So what air quality standard should we use in making decisions about moving our state toward greater prosperity? There is no standard currently.

Our society can't make decisions based on feel-good assumptions or pressure from the Earth Liberation Front/Sierra Club crowd.

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