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Letter: Energy policy

February 26, 2013

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To the editor:

People of faith are called to be responsible stewards of God’s creation. That’s why Kansas Interfaith Power & Light supports the most effective state policy we have for the development of clean energy in Kansas: the renewable portfolio standard.

The RPS requires that utilities generate or purchase 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. This market-based policy has led to an explosion of wind-energy development in Kansas, including more than 2,800 megawatts of installed wind energy equaling about $7 billion in investment since 2001, as well as the direct or indirect creation of 13,000 jobs in Kansas.

The benefits of the RPS include increased diversity and security of our energy supply; reduced volatility of power prices; local economic development resulting from new jobs, taxes and revenue; and environmental improvement as we move away from polluting forms of energy toward cleaner and safer ones — all at a reported increase of between zero and 1.7 percent on customers’ utility bills.

That’s why it’s so disturbing to see efforts in Topeka to roll back or cancel the RPS — testament to the influence of fossil-fuel money on our political system.

On behalf of God’s creation, clean energy and good jobs for Kansans, we ask our legislators to support a policy that helps develop one of the most successful economic sectors in Kansas; that provides jobs, economic opportunities, and tax revenue all across the state; and that incentivizes the development of clean, homegrown and unlimited sources of energy.

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streetman 1 year, 1 month ago

Wasn't able to read this without subscribing. Would like to, tho, to see how believable the law firm's analysis is.

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streetman 1 year, 1 month ago

While there are several questionable statements of "fact" in this letter, I'll pick just one of them for verification: please provide documentation for "direct or indirect creation of 13,000 jobs in Kansas" during the "renewable portfolio standard" initiative.

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Les Blevins 1 year, 1 month ago

Rabbi Moti if you really want to use your groups influence to help move society to cleaner renewable energy I suggest we get together for a chat and actually do something to show society the way. My furnace can be used to heat buildings belonging to religious entities in cold temperatures and do so using byproducts of homes and businesses that are now being dumped in landfills. I'm willing to make myself available anytime you are available. You can email me at LBlevins at sunflower dot com to discuss how to proceed. Actions speak louder than words. The Good Lord is handing you the opportunity you've long wished for.

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Water 1 year, 1 month ago

Derek's garbage-fueled, electric generators are too efficient! http://m.nydailynews.com/1.1192661

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Les Blevins 1 year, 1 month ago

The following is excerpted from Rebecca Ryan's letter: Recent record heat, drought and numerous climate-related disasters that unfolded in 2012 make it clear we must take steps to reduce the rising CO2 levels linked to the warming of our planet. A revenue-neutral carbon fee could be just the solution we need. Such a fee, gradually increasing in predictable increments, would provide the necessary market stimulus to encourage entrepreneurs to develop viable energy alternatives. This would result in new jobs. The public would be protected from shouldering the burden of increased energy costs by having the fee’s revenue returned directly to them. A border tariff imposed on goods from nations lacking similar carbon-pricing schemes would not only protect American energy producers, but also provide incentives for other nations to initiate policies to limit greenhouse emissions. Exxon, Shell and BP have already expressed support for a price on carbon. Many conservative economists support a revenue-neutral carbon tax, including Art Laffer, economic adviser to President Reagan, and Greg Mankiw, economic adviser to President George W. Bush, and candidate Mitt Romney. With this kind of bipartisan support already in place, what’s holding Congress back? It is time to demand Rep. Lynn Jenkins, and Sens. Roberts and Moran, take action on this issue.

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Water 1 year, 1 month ago

On a fanciful note.
Can the current be reversed on these wind generators so they become giant fans? What m.p.h. winds can be created? Can they blow hog farm smell to Oklahoma? Can they defend themselves from a tornado's assault? Can they cool Kansas when blowing air over a large pond?
I dunno Rabbi, you may present wind generators to the Kansas Legislators as part of our tornado defense system. They might grant wind farms more tax credits!

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Les Blevins 1 year, 1 month ago

I believe the most efficient and expeditious method of moving away from fossil fuels and to cleaner energy would be to convert municipal wastes to electric power. I would encourage Westar and the state's other power utilities to partner with the towns and cities they serve to install distributed energy plants near all those load centers to first convert municipal trash to electric power, and as time passes add to those facilities the ability to use locally available biomass sources as feedstocks for production of advanced biofuels to power the fleet vehicles such as trash trucks and T busses on. This all could be funded via a carbon tax as Rebecca Ryan proposed in her letter to the editor of Feb. 21.

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