Archive for Thursday, March 26, 2009

Legislative committee approves another bill allowing coal-burning plants

March 26, 2009


In a room packed with lobbyists, a House-Senate conference committee on Thursday teed up another bill aimed at building two 700-megawatt coal-burning electric power plants.

House Bill 2014 likely will pass with large majorities in the House and Senate next week, and then be vetoed again by the governor, which would set up another override showdown.

The battle has been going on for two years.

Sunflower Electric Power Corp. and a Colorado company have proposed building the plants near Holcomb in southwest Kansas.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has rejected the project, citing its climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions, and the fact that 85 percent of power generated by the plants would go out of state.

The Legislature has approved several bills to overturn Sebelius, but she has vetoed the measures, and lawmakers have fallen several votes short in the House of the two-thirds majority needed to override her veto.

This time, House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, says he is optimistic that he can muster the votes necessary to override a veto.

Meanwhile, advocates on both sides of the project have been competing for public opinion.

A poll released in February for the Great Plains Alliance for Clean Energy showed that 64 percent of Kansans preferred that the state expand renewable energy and energy efficiency over building new coal-burning plants. The poll of 1,200 registered voters was conducted Jan. 29 to Feb. 2.

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce released a poll this week that said 51 percent of Kansans favor “the building of a new electrical power plant that uses coal in Kansas” while 26 percent oppose it, and 23 percent were undecided. The poll of 600 registered voters was conducted last week.


LiberalDude 9 years, 1 month ago

"In a room packed with lobbyists"

The Kansas Republican party has sold their soul to the devil. (That is, assuming they ever had a soul to begin with)

JHOK32 9 years, 1 month ago

The big money people (Repubs) will keep chipping away at it till they get their way.....they always do with their big money lobbyiists.........

lawrenceman 9 years, 1 month ago

Yes, yes. The big evil Repubs with all of their money. Which President raised more money than any other in history? Wasn't it our current leader? The money is flowing both ways people.

jafs 9 years, 1 month ago

Yes, lawrenceman, but it should be remembered that quite a lot of Obama's money came from average voters rather than lobbyists/large corporate interests.

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