Letters to the Editor

Letter: Renewable energy

June 19, 2014


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.   


Scott Burkhart 3 years, 7 months ago

When the Iraqi oil fields fall to the insurgent terrorists, you'll be wishing we had a Keystone Pipeline and were drilling on federal lands.

Ken Lassman 3 years, 7 months ago

C'mon, Scott, who are you fooling? We ARE drilling on federal lands out the wazoo already. From the BLM website for 2013, there were 1,468 NEW leases, 3,770 applications for permits, 2,413 new wells, and 99,598 total producible and service holes documented on federal lands. Drill baby drill has always been the name of the game, is still the name of the game and will be for the forseeable future despite some political posturing and cries of horror as a result.

And as far as the Keystone Pipeline goes, Trans Canada, Enbridge and the rest are hedging their bets like the best cardiac bypass sugeons on the planet. Flanagan South pipeline is being completed from Illinois to Cushing, OK through SE Kansas as we speak, with a capacity of 600,000 barrels/day, The Cushing to the Gulf Coast has been quietly adding the Gulf Coast Project, with a capacity of 700,000 bbl/day, expandable to 830,000bbl/day, alongside the new Seaway pipeline, where they changed the flow of the pipeline and upgraded it so it will deliver 400,000 bbl/day with expansion to 850,000 bbl/day.

In other words, don't try to blame environmentalists on shortages that will lead to higher gas and oil prices. The big boys are getting everything that they want and more; blaming the environmentalists is just icing on the cake if they can get away with it.

Chris Golledge 3 years, 7 months ago

Umm, the Keystone would transfer tar oil from Canada to the refineries in Texas to be shipped overseas. So, what federal land, and how would that help us?

Tony Schmidt 3 years, 7 months ago

Can't really see continuing this insane addiction to fossil fuels that are dependent on Iraqi oil fields anyway.

James Howlette 3 years, 7 months ago

Um, no, Scott. I think I'll continue to wish we had invested more in renewable energy instead of relying on something that will run out, no matter where we drill or who we bomb.

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