Archive for Thursday, May 8, 2008

Sebelius likely will reject newest coal plants proposal

May 8, 2008


— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today indicated she would reject the latest version of the coal-fired plants bill.

Sebelius refused to say outright whether she would veto the legislation.

But she has vetoed two previous bills that would have authorized the two 700 megawatt plants in southwest Kansas.

And she said the newest version - bundled with other economic development projects - probably violated the state constitutional requirement that bills deal with only one subject.

As the Legislature concluded its session Wednesday, House Speaker Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, and a supporter of the coal-fired plants, said he thought Sebelius would allow the new bill to become law without her signature because of the other economic provisions in the legislation.

But Sebelius indicated that wouldn't be the case.

"Having vetoed the component parts, at least involving, coal, and having very serious questions about the framework itself - the option of not signing it and letting it become law, I would say, is off the table," she said.

Sebelius held a post-session news conference, and criticized legislators for failing to adopt comprehensive health care reform and energy policy.

"The session had way too much ultimatum and not enough collaboration," she said.

But in a news conference on Wednesday, Neufeld said the Legislature accomplished a lot, especially on health care.

"I'm pleased that we moved forward," he said.

Lawmakers approved funding increases for safety net clinics, school health programs, and expanded eligibility for Medicaid for pregnant women.

But lawmakers failed to approve two major policy changes recommended by health care experts - a statewide ban on smoking in public indoor places, and a 50-cent-per-pack increase in the state cigarette tax.

Marcia Nielsen, executive director of the Kansas Health Policy Authority, said the Legislature didn't provide enough funding for reforms.

"To have a compromise on health reform without adequate funding will be difficult to explain to Kansans who care deeply about these issues," Nielsen said.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 10 years ago

And furhter, what water resources??? It RAINS in Kansas, don't you know??? Smoke, dirt, do you ever bother to discover that plants grow in dirt and that growing green plants use,, guess what????????? Co2. Yes, good old carbon dioxide is vital for photosynthisis, the process of growing green plants. Do none of you ninnys know this???? Just when did Co2 become a hazardous substance? Because Ozone Man Gore says so?? I think enough of his drivel has been discredited. Get real and come to the party. Or buy some candles.

dirkleisure 10 years ago

Don't forget how plants need CO2, so logic tells us more CO2 = more plants.

a_flock_of_jayhawks 10 years ago

frwent (Anonymous) says:"Hey flock:.What does that have to do with the new power plants?????"A new power generation plant would use water, further depleting the aquifer. Do the math."Your logic is sorely lacking."Really?

David Benson 10 years ago

Wow. This is some really thoughtful debate going on here. I'm guessing this is pretty much how the Kansas House sounds when debating issues. Idiots suddenly become experts just because they don't like what's going on.

hornhunter 10 years ago

cool I think you have been deprived of O2 when you were young and appears you are still deprived!

Fred Whitehead Jr. 10 years ago

Did autie miss the part about the jobs that will be created and the revenue that will come into Kansas??? So damn what if the power is sold out of state, do you think that we could survive as an economy if everything made in Kansas was to be sold only in Kansas? What sort of economic voodoo do you subscribe to? Do you think all the autos made in K.C. Kansas are only to be sold in Kansas?? Just what the hell is this stupid notion that all things made in Kansas should be sold in Kansas. Anybody got a good answer for this one?????????????

admireed 10 years ago

Hope the legislature will turn off funding for heat and AC at the Gov. mansion. Good way to save the environment

dirkleisure 10 years ago

frwent (Anonymous) says:Hey flock:.What does that have to do with the new power plants????? We all know what the Ogallala Aquifer is, but what does that have to do with the generation of electricity? Your logic is sorely lacking.------------Oh man, make it stop. Wonder if frwent would be so enthusiastic about jobs if I wanted to build a stem cell research center in her county. Or a university catering to a student body made up primarily of English as a second language students.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 10 years ago

The governer has been taken in by the ravings of maniacs. There is NO CURRENT (no pun intended) ALTERNATIVE TO CREATE ELECTRIC POWER CAPABILITY. WE CANNOT, AT PRESENT, MAKE WIND POWER SUPPLY THE NEED. As soon as windmill farms are proposed, residents will revolt, not wanting to see the "Sebelius Whirrlygig Thigamajigs" out THEIR windows, and will take the whole issue to court. There will be no resolution to this problem for years. The governer is very shortsighted, very taken in by the left wing loons, and very stupid to prevent this needed electric capacity given to Kansas to supply the NATIONAL ELECTRIC POWER GRID.What an incompetant and indifferent incumbant we have.

a_flock_of_jayhawks 10 years ago

frwent (Anonymous) says:"And furhter, what water resources??? It RAINS in Kansas, don't you know???" the wiki:"The Ogallala Aquifer is being depleted at a rate of 12 billion cubic meters (420 billion ft3) per year, amounting to a total depletion to date of a volume equal to the annual flow of 18 Colorado Rivers. Some estimates say it will dry up in as little as 25 years."

Fred Whitehead Jr. 10 years ago

Hey flock....What does that have to do with the new power plants????? We all know what the Ogallala Aquifer is, but what does that have to do with the generation of electricity? Your logic is sorely lacking.

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