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Legislative negotiators come closer to agreement on coal plant legislation

Kansas legislators are working out differences over a bill that would allow two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.

March 11, 2009

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— House and Senate negotiators narrow their differences over a bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.

The three senators and three House members had their second day of talks Wednesday. They’re trying to reconcile different versions of the bill passed by the House and Senate.

Those versions agree on provisions that overturn an October 2007 decision by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ administration to deny an air-quality permit to Sunflower Electric Power Corp. The Hays utility wants to build the two coal-fired plants outside Holcomb, in Finney County.

The two chambers also agree on provisions restricting the Kansas secretary of health and environment’s power to regulate greenhouse gases.

Sebelius is expected to veto the final product, just as she vetoed three similar bills last year.

Comments

djeyler 6 years ago

I spent a little bit of time reviewing this energy project. Clearly there is a need for kansas to develop a robust energy plan that takes the best interest of Kansas first. We clearly need more energy for Kansas. This can include wind energy but coal is a must for the next 25 years. Based on the combination of coal wind and natural gas the CO2 is considerably lower than the environmental wacko's keep talking about. But one thing is clear that without coal making up about 65 percent of the energy it's going to get a whole lot warmer in the summer and a lot colder in the winter but more important the cost for this energy is going to crush the middle class and those on the lower end of the income scale will be making very serious decisions about food, medicine, gas for the car or heat in the house. For those so sure that wind is the answer I ask this. What season do we need the most electricity? And when is the highest production of wind energy? If you know this answer you are an intellectual liar to suggest that wind can provide but a fraction of our electrical needs.

feeble 6 years ago

Based on the combination of coal wind and natural gas the CO2 is considerably lower than the environmental wacko's keep talking about.

no math, no data, no worries! This is not a pipe.

Show us the numbers, or go home.

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