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Would you prefer that the Legislature pursue nuclear or coal power in Kansas?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on May 8, 2008

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“Given a choice between the two, I’d go with nuclear. I think it’s cleaner for the now. You can at least sequester the waste, whereas with coal you can’t. Coal-burning plants seem too archaic.”

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“I’ll go with coal. It’s cheaper for the consumer, and the resources are more readily available here.”

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“I’d say nuclear. I think it’s more efficient; it doesn’t consume as many resources, and the output is better for the environment.”

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“I’m definitely against the use of coal-burning power plants, because it seems too much like going backward for a quick fix. But I really don’t know enough about nuclear power to endorse it as an alternative.”

Comments

snowWI 5 years, 11 months ago

labmonkey,Why do you have a southern bias? Our power could just as well come from Canada instead of Mexico. We already are seeing huge oil shale developments in Canada that supply the US with our oil needs.

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labmonkey 5 years, 11 months ago

Although the electricity may go out of state, hundreds of high paying jobs will be in state....paid for by customers from other states. This money will then be spent in our state.....that's good for our economy. I don't care what kind of plants they build....I just hope they build something. Pollution is much less than most people think as the only thing that comes out the stacks of a coal plant anymore is water (gov't regulations are very, very tight). We better be careful....in the future I can just see the grid being supplied from very dirty coal plants in Mexico where the laws are much more lax and power companies don't have to worry about all the regulations they do now (not to mention the labor would be much cheaper....no IBEW). You don't want any plants built, be very careful what you wish for.

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RiverCityConservative 5 years, 11 months ago

That's an artificial choice. Nuclear fission produces radiation with a very long half-life; coal burning impacts the atmosphere in ways that mean we don't make it to the end of that half-life. I don't think the governor is suggesting jumping from the frying pan into the fire like that. And some history--it was popular to build nuclear plants in the 1970s. That is why Wolf Creek got built despite the fact Kansas didn't need the energy it was going to add. Someone made money on that deal and I like the way the governor is standing up to the moneyed interests pushing new coal in Western Kansas. Three cheers for Governor Kathleen Sebelius! Keep Kansas green.

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hornhunter 5 years, 11 months ago

I'll use coal. And our future alternative power can come from funeral homes, Cremation Power & Light.

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ralphralph 5 years, 11 months ago

I may have mentioned this before ....Nuclear is Clean, Safe & Reliable. None of the alternatives have all of those attributes.It is the only rational choice.We need to get started now if we are going to increase our capacity to generate electricity ... Plants of ANY kind won't go up overnight.Nuclear at Wolf Creek makes sense. Let's do it now.

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sgtwolverine 5 years, 11 months ago

Actually, freight trains are considerably more efficient than trucks.

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cool 5 years, 11 months ago

we 'kansas' don't need major new powerplants !grid improvements, 'smart' substations, digital controls,adding wind energy & renewable each decade....can meet the needs for Kansas.along with adding up to 40% from renewables by 2050we should also get rid of our dirty coal plants....but pleaselet's not A D D coal burning dinosaur technology just aspeak oil hits at the same time. those trains from Wyoming burn a L O T of diesel by the way.talk about gallons per mile !

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cool 5 years, 11 months ago

Oracle_of_Rhode (Anonymous) says:Wind and solar are the best options for the future of our children and our planet.But, given these limited choices, I'd pick nuclear over coal.Let's find a place for the waste, though. Perhaps Missouri:or Crawford, Texas ?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 11 months ago

jonas,I haven't seen the commercial for biogas power generation from a biomass landfill. I would really just like to go "off-grid". I have been researching generating and using biogas to heating my domestic hot water, radiant heating system, cooktop, oven, and maybe the clothes dryer. There are actually many communities here in the U.S. that are generating power from landfill biomass, however, most are fairly small scale. Most biogas production is from anaerobic digestion of manure.GE has a engine called the Jenbach engine designed to use biogas that is manufactured in Jenbach, Austria. (That is pronounced yÄn-bahkh). Since it is Austrian and not French it's pretty cool.

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Oracle_of_Rhode 5 years, 11 months ago

Wind and solar are the best options for the future of our children and our planet. But, given these limited choices, I'd pick nuclear over coal. Let's find a place for the waste, though. Perhaps Missouri...

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KsTwister 5 years, 11 months ago

Bd: And just how do you think they are going to recycle water BACK into the Aquifer? Let alone that this electricity will not be for Kansans anyway.

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Poon 5 years, 11 months ago

To the editor:Nuclear is what I would consider the ultimate in power generation: no air pollution, less digging, and the ability to serve many customers. Unfortunately, as it applies to local lobbying in both Topeka and Washington, D.C., arguing for my favorite power has become an issue. This is not because of the lack of great potential of nuclear generation in the USA, but because of the lack of knowledge of the politicians who could approve it.It never fails that when I lobby for nuclear power (Prounced nuke lee-err), the elected official goes out of their way to "correct" me with the Kansas-fied bastardization "Nuke-u-lure" Not only does this make the elected official look like a fool, it insults the lobbyist who is being corrected with an incorrect pronunciation.Poon just couldn't restrain himself...

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cool 5 years, 11 months ago

isn't there enough 'hot air - gas' in Neufeld for all of our energy needs ?

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le 5 years, 11 months ago

Biogas: short 4 ...bigoleass...which produces that special substance ..THHHPPPPPPPPPPPPT! thats right ....that natural substance that makes makes the world run....or is a symptom of the runs! Ah ..no matter...just plug into yer cow`s @ss (cuz according 2 the news we gotta control what the cows eat and dispell from the cow @ss due 2 global warming) and fill up yer tank! Happy travels...this summer....enjoy the prices...thank yer BUSH administration 4 the reason you are forced 2 eat at Mcdonalds on yer vacation and add 2 the obesity problem as well...Damn ..talk about the trickle down effect !

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bd 5 years, 11 months ago

Nuke'm "KsTwister!"Wolf creek does not use up our presious water!It has a recirculating cooling lake !Most coal plants use cooling towers where some water is lost through steam evaporation!

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Windlass 5 years, 11 months ago

I would prefer that the legislature go home, stay there, and do no more legislating that may make our lives better. Please, take a hike without further delay.

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its_getting_warmer 5 years, 11 months ago

irradiate the ingredients and cook over a coal fired stove.

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le 5 years, 11 months ago

Beings how we always steer away from the original topic and the comments take on a life of their own.....Language...slanguage...yup...I just made it up....a combination of whatever the hell you wanna say..from the ever lame Ebonics 2 the Wonderful Bushonics...And dont even think bout usin the terminologies without payin me 1st..cuz I already sent in the copyright info 2 myself the poormans way.....I own "slanguage" and "bushonics"....yall seem so concerned with proper grammer that You just made me a very rich man.....thank you Larryvillians....I just cant believe how yall make yerselves feel so special bout yerselves correcting each other that I had 2 shut down the computer 2 send off my protection....so use it and lose it...cuz when the judge sees my paperwork in order...you will have 2 send yer monies 2 me!!! Now how many of you out there notice my hillbilly style of writin...? I reckon so....

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sunflower_sue 5 years, 11 months ago

Recipe for classic BIOGAE:INGREDIENTS2 cups milk, lukewarm 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs, beaten 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast 1/2 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon salt 6 cups all-purpose flour 2 pounds lean ground beef 1 onion, chopped 1/2 medium head cabbage, chopped 18 slices American cheese DIRECTIONSTo Make Dough: In a large bowl, mix together milk and oil. Stir in eggs, yeast, sugar, salt and 5 cups of flour. Mix well adding remaining cup of flour as necessary to form kneadable dough. Knead for a few minutes, then cover bowl and let dough rise one hour in a warm place. To Make Filling: Brown beef in a large saucepan; do not drain juices. Add onion and cabbage to skillet and continue cooking until onion is soft; add salt and pepper to taste. Let cool. After dough has risen, roll out hunks of dough (about the size of tennis balls) as thin as possible. Place 1/2 slice of cheese on dough, top with filling, then place other 1/2 of cheese on top of filling. Fold over and seal like a turnover (moistening edges with water may help seal them). Place on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 11 months ago

Biogas holds up well under googling.

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jonas 5 years, 11 months ago

"Although, biogas (actually, biogi plurally) is probably the way to go."Do not slander the noble bioga!UhClem: Yeah, that's the best professional terminology. Biogas is more of a vernacular usage.

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Bill Griffith 5 years, 11 months ago

Can I also say whether I prefer crack or heroin? The question assumes those two methods for boiling water are the only two choices we will have in the mid-future for baseload power.

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bobberboy 5 years, 11 months ago

Nuclear. It's much better for the Kansas environment.

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sgtwolverine 5 years, 11 months ago

I would prefer they pursue nucular power. It seems to be gaining popularity.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 11 months ago

The_Original_Bob (Anonymous) says: Biogae it is!The nice thing about dead languages is that I never learned no part of nuttin about 'em.-Sue - Are you thinking of bierochs? Cabbage and seasoned beef. Ummmm, German food.---------------------TOB,If you're going to have the deciding vote, you better get with Wikipedia about that. LOLCareful of the spellin'. They are tarring and feathering a Community Shelter information share-erfor not being able to spell on the stabbing thread.TOB..In Lawrence those are called Runzas.They may be savory, but they cause gastric heck later.

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ksuone1 5 years, 11 months ago

so hug a tree...it takes money to make money and that at an expense of something here that is precious to some or all....The motivation shouldn't be political or at the expense of simple folks and their simple ways or life and this is America so the "green heads" have to realize there are cost....and results...good and bad to all but you have to do something not just wait and wait until it is too late.We need power so short term...coal ....long term nuclear I say we build a coal synthesize plant here .....now today .....

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sgtwolverine 5 years, 11 months ago

"There just isn't any free ride when it comes to energy."Now that was refreshing.

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ylimeh 5 years, 11 months ago

"That's like asking whether you would rather have cancer or AIDS."Ha, you got it.I'm pretty disappointed that not one of them used "neither" as a response.

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The_Original_Bob 5 years, 11 months ago

Biogae it is!The nice thing about dead languages is that I never learned no part of nuttin about 'em.--Sue - Are you thinking of bierochs? Cabbage and seasoned beef. Ummmm, German food.

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le 5 years, 11 months ago

I think I may consider converting to AMISH! These people know how to work together and live life simply....Hard work...but I would say a very rewarding lifestyle! And the cheese is great! Ya know what makes a Amish girl happiest? Two menonite !

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Orwell 5 years, 11 months ago

This is just like the choice they gave Gary Gilmore hanging or firing squad.And the plural of "bioga" is neither biogas" not "biogi." It's "biogae." The nice thing about a dead language is that it's pretty constant.

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le 5 years, 11 months ago

I am posting from the back yard in Livermore california....one of the few areas not developed by sprawl (the land behind the house is protected .."salamanders") the view from the back yard is beautiful the cows are grazin on farmer Fricks hillsides..very peaceful...(except when you hear farmer Frick cussin at his dogs)..cool..ducks just went quackin by (really they just did) anywhoo...on the hillside is a row of the older 1st models of wind energy mills...over the hills off vasco road is the newer sleek giant ones on the two lane to Discovery Bay! The new ones are gigantic and very cool...watchin them turn out the energy is very calming! The area is windy indeed.(so windy ,yesterday,a gust blew a fence panel loose) so I had 2 get the hammer and nails out! With the wind Ks. gets in the flatlands ..I say build the mills...get Stan Hurd 2 arrange them in some kinda art form..with his lanscape art as well...It is clean natural energy and with Stan doin his thing it could be another tourist attraction....We can either add 2 the pollution or build a artsy fartsy clean natural solution! Maybe even make em look like airplanes ...that would be cool as hell and why not...after all it is Boeing aviation area....charge people 2 sit in em and take a virtual plane ride....Dare 2 dream !

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sunflower_sue 5 years, 11 months ago

I thought biogas (biogii) were those little pockets of dough filled with cabbage and onion. Either way, you still end up with an abundance of gas. "A bun dance of gas." He, I crack myself up.

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average 5 years, 11 months ago

Kansas will need more electricity. I'm pro-conservation. My electric bills are damned low. But, we will need more electricity, particularly as we start down the path of more plug-in electric cars and fewer petroleum-burning cars.Unfortunately, decades of cheap, pollution-ignored coal and fear have held us back from getting to work on improved, refined, and simplified nuclear plants.And, for those who aren't aware, Lawrencians get about 100 times the radiation dose from Uranium and Thorium emitted in the flue gases and only nominally restrained ash piles at our KPL coal plant than the people of Coffey County do from Wolf Creek.

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conservativepunker 5 years, 11 months ago

Coal,by God. It's better for the State's economy.

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cool 5 years, 11 months ago

NO more power plants are needed for Kansas demand.IF, we would improve grid efficiency & install digital controls replacinig the antiquated substations throughout the stateA N D install wind turbine energy over the new few decadesto replace our current dirty plants we eventually would not need anynew power plants.geothermal energy coupled with hyrdogen fuel cells, biomassand other renewables will lead eventually to a coal & nuclear free future -a future that is better for all.

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TopJayhawk 5 years, 11 months ago

I gotta go coal. I just don't really trust the whole nuke thing... I think leaving all the radioactive waste for later is worse than leaving our kids with a deficit, or dirty air.Not that I like coal either. There just isn't any free ride when it comes to energy.

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KsTwister 5 years, 11 months ago

Both need abundant amounts of water.....................good luck with that Kansas.

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The_Original_Bob 5 years, 11 months ago

"Everything I've read suggests that coal pollution just leads to cancer, whereas nuclear pollution leads to sweet mutations like super strength and invisibility. So definitely nuclear." JonasExactly. Although, biogas (actually, biogi plurally) is probably the way to go.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 11 months ago

And all this time I thought it was his Night Glow!Do they also cause male enhancement?

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Pywacket 5 years, 11 months ago

Sure enough--the last Obit, for a Mr. Jerry Wilhite, shows a lovely young woman--most likely Pearl in her youth. Wherever the problem started, anyone looking at what they're doing would realize that these photos had been inadvertently switched. I hope the correction is made soon. At a time like this, the families do not need any added annoyances. I lost my dad last June and we would have been highly irritated if our hometown paper had switched out his photo with a lady's. Later, I guess, you might see some humor in it. But in those first few days, the wound is too raw.

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geppetto 5 years, 11 months ago

It is a lie that we need that much energy! But that's not the questions. I would support cleaner burning Coal. I would stay away from anything that has a half-life of at least 7,000 years. I don't want the next war to be against giant roaches!

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 11 months ago

This probably started at the funeral home. I believe they email the obit and pix to LJW.

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Pywacket 5 years, 11 months ago

Wait! Here's something more pressing.In the Obituaries, if you look up "Pearl Wertzberger," the accompanying photo shows a man in a suit. Reading the obituary, you find that Pearl was indeed a woman, and not a man with an odd name. Come on, LJW, fix the photo problem before grieving relatives have to call and berate you. Come to think of it, I wonder if there's some man's obit today carrying the photo of Pearl. I haven't looked at them all. Please--a quick fix is in order.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 11 months ago

jonas,SCJohnson & Co. has a new ad on tv about how they used landfill gas to power their Glade and what is it, bathroom cleaner? plant.R_I watches tv commercials, I have no idea if he watches the shows. As in, WOW. I say it louder.;D

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canyon_wren 5 years, 11 months ago

That's like asking whether you would rather have cancer or AIDS.

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Pywacket 5 years, 11 months ago

Nuclear. Given other choices, I'd be most interested in seeing a lot more money put into R & D for solar and wind power. If/when they find a way to make those more profitable and cost efficient, that will be the way to go. Solar, especially, poses challenges, but the potential is endless.

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 11 months ago

There's lots of BTUs in a fur seal.

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jonas 5 years, 11 months ago

"Use the landfills to generate biogas. " . . . . is that bio-gas?Because biogas read as a contiguous word sounds pretty exotic. bee YO gez. The plural of bioga. It sounds like some sort of mutated pack-pig. But you're right, I'm sure they Would be a highly effective form of energy generator if harnessed properly.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 11 months ago

Neither...Build more landfills. Use the landfills to generate biogas. Build biogas generators for power generation.Damn, the perfect solution!You could even use it to power a Prius...It would be analogous to Prii owners driving around on granola farts.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 11 months ago

I found two yolks in my egg this morning.(Twice in one 18 carton) I wondered if people used to burn at the stake for having such things.Like frogs with 5 legs.Did they blame all bad things on the man who discovered flint fire making?The wheel?The fork?

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jonas 5 years, 11 months ago

Everything I've read suggests that coal pollution just leads to cancer, whereas nuclear pollution leads to sweet mutations like super strength and invisibility. So definitely nuclear.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 11 months ago

Sequester the waste.A know a man who had a child with a sequestered nun. "She" picked him, not the other way around. Let's hope the "sequestered" waste doesn't have a run of hormonal need to procreate.(That man's now a religious and dating wreck! )And just how does a man explain that to his son?***Let's create a fund to pay for the other half of Mike's facelift, okay kids?(Sorry Mike, but someone was going to notice :D )

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