Letters to the Editor

Key questions

July 31, 2011


To the editor:

Thanks to Christine Metz for her series of articles on the diversion of federal funds from the Efficiency Kansas loan program. Three questions still need to be answered.

  1. Why did the state and Department of Energy suddenly pull the rug out from under the stakeholders in a functioning program without giving them a chance to be heard?

  2. Why did they jerk away nearly all the money now, in July, instead of leaving enough to keep the program going until the April 1 deadline?

  3. How can this money be spent on the new projects by April 1 if they first have to do environmental reviews?

For the most part, the money is being diverted to corporations tinkering with biomass fuels. These fuels, especially ethanol, are known to yield minimal net energy gains. There’s an odor lifting off this deal, and it’s not from all that manure they will be stirring around with taxpayer money.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 10 months ago

"For the most part, the money is being diverted to corporations tinkering with biomass fuels.....There’s an odor lifting off this deal, and it’s not from all that manure they will be stirring around with taxpayer money."

Yep. Brownback saw some low-hanging fruit that he could divert away from small contractors who could increase the energy efficiency of the housing of average folks to politically well-connected corporate patrons.

wavesofgrain 6 years, 10 months ago

We would like to ask the Governor to announce the current number of loans prevented from moving forward that are waiting for funding Energy Office. Then Governor, we know that the Energy office stopped processing the loans on the 25th of July around 4:00pm # 696 (within 4). How many Kansans will get those last few? The numbers to date 2739 (approved loan amounts) X $7,000.00 = $19,173,000 = A lot of jobs Local Math 407(approved loan amounts) X 8,300.00 (Lawrence Average) = $3,378,100.00 = Your neighbor has a job Here is my main Question Governor Brownback. Will you please take care of the Kansans who in good faith want to move forward. We have all put a lot of work into this.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 10 months ago

That's not all.

ALEC isthis secret organization which has about 20 Kansas elected officials sitting on the various boards Susan Wagle among them, Not only that Kansas tax dollars are being diverted to support and cover some expenses for the elected officials. Sam Brownback is an active person within ALEC

ALEC Exposed

What is Brownback up to?

ALEC Exposed: State Legislative Bills Drafted by Secretive Corporate-Lawmaker Coalition

This week the Center for Media and Democracy released 800 model bills, legislation that is straight out of the corporate playbook and drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council.

The group’s membership includes both state lawmakers and corporate executives who gather behind closed doors to discuss and vote on draft legislation.

ALEC has come under increasing scrutiny in recent months for its role in crafting bills to attack worker rights, to roll back environmental regulations, privatize education, deregulate major industries, and pass voter ID laws.

Thanks to ALEC, at least a dozen states have recently adopted a nearly identical resolution asking Congress to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop regulating carbon emissions. We are joined by Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media Democracy.


Koch Brothers, ALEC and Their Corporate Allies Plan to Privatize Government


uncleandyt 6 years, 9 months ago

No Snappy disregard of the info? Does it have Sundays off?

uncleandyt 6 years, 9 months ago

This diversion of loan funds should be publicized, scrutinized, recognized.

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