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Kansas drops to 48th in the nation in energy efficiency ranking

October 20, 2011

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Kansas is among the least energy efficient states in the nation, according to a report released Thursday.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy unveiled its fifth annual scorecard and found that Kansas ranked 48th among states and Washington, D.C., down from 46th the previous year.

Massachusetts ranked first while North Dakota was last.

The scorecard measures policies and programs that improve energy efficiency in homes, businesses, industry and transportation.

The group noted that Kansas has no laws or regulations that mandate energy efficiency.

Meanwhile, ACEEE praised states that were on the upswing in energy efficiency.

“Energy efficiency is America’s abundant, untapped energy resource and the states continue to press forward to reap its economic and environmental benefits,” said Steven Nadel, ACEEE executive director.

“The message here is that energy efficiency is a pragmatic, bipartisan solution that political leaders from both sides of the aisle can support. As they have over the past decades, states continue to provide the leadership needed to forge an energy-efficient economy, which reduces energy costs, spurs job growth, and benefits the environment,” Nadel said.

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Trobs 2 years, 9 months ago

3rd in the country if you change the reporting a bit.

USA! USA!

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LadyJ 2 years, 9 months ago

Hey Scott, how about a link to this list? At least North Dakota is cheap to live in, maybe that has something to do with it.

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kernal 2 years, 9 months ago

There are tried and true ways Kansas can create more jobs by becoming more energy efficient, but no one wants to hear about that in Kansas. This state does not believe in evolution, therefore we cannot adapt to change and crawl out of the box. That would be too scary.

48th?

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devobrun 2 years, 9 months ago

Did anybody really read the article? The headline referred to energy efficiency ranking....and then proceeded to describe government energy policy. The ranking is about government laws, policies, regulations, programs.

"The scorecard measures policies and programs that improve energy efficiency in homes, businesses, industry and transportation"

Kansas ranks 48th in government control of your life, as measured by energy policy. Kansas will always rank low in such government measurements because east and west coast states pass laws, pass laws, pass laws. Kansans don't look to government for everything they need. More progressive states have people who are less self sufficient and more dependent upon government. And this study measures that.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 9 months ago

I agree to to a certain extent, but you seem to assume that "policies and programs that improve energy efficiency in homes, businesses, industry and transportation" are wholly ineffectual. Is that your contention?

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Alexander Smith 2 years, 9 months ago

This is a perfect example of why Republicans need to be kicked out off office. They almost NEVER do anything to move programs and laws forward to help the environment. It would hurt their investments into non-environmental companies.

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Phone_Man 2 years, 9 months ago

Not really. We just hate tree huggers!

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