To the editor:
There is a nationwide assault on renewable energy standards. The Climate + Energy Project recently hosted a film screening and panel discussion at Liberty Hall of “Against the Wind,” part six of the new Showtime docu-series “Years of Living Dangerously” hosted by America Ferrera.
It highlighted the Kansas Legislature’s efforts to abolish renewable energy standards earlier this year championed by Rep. Dennis Hedke, R-Wichita, and Sen. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona. The documentary shows how their efforts came at the urging of a spokesman for the Koch-supported Heartland Institute, and ALEC.
The grand strategy is to roll back standards across the 29 states that have them. Kansas is the newest state with renewable standards and could pave the way for a domino effect. Renewable standards recently barely survived this assault for now as the vote in committee was 10 to 9.
I applaud the 10 Kansas committee members who voted against the repeal and the thousands that support them. We can balance the influence of big oil/gas/coal when they resume their efforts this fall by getting involved in bi partisan clean energy organizations like Citizens Climate Lobby, writing letters, and lobbying all our representatives.