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How important is it for Kansas to produce and invest in clean energy?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on December 16, 2013

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“I think it’s important.”

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“Very important. It’s just the planet, so pretty important.”

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“Incredibly important, because Kansas is a beautiful state, and we owe it to our kids to keep it that way.”

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“I think it’s pretty important. If that’s what we’re going towards, nation-wide, it’s important to get on board.”

Comments

Rae Hudspeth 1 year ago

I don't think that question was asking what you think it was asking.

Clean energy includes nuclear power, and I'm willing to bet that the positive responses above may not have thought that was included. Maybe this will help: http://windcurrents.nrgsystems.com/2011/03/clean-energy-vs-renewable-energy-whats-in-a-name/

Larry Sturm 1 year ago

It is very important for Kansas to invest in clean energy. BROWNBACK IS VERY BAD FOR KANSAS.

Bart Johnson 1 year ago

If the question had been worded differently, you would have gotten much more interesting answers. Asking about "kansas" spending money on this is too vague and what it really means is do you think someone else should spend money on this.

A better question would be to ask the people how much more in taxes would they be willing to pay for this. Then we would see how important they really think it is.

Jeff Kilgore 1 year ago

To the poster above: why look at it only as a matter of taxes?

Capitalism, still the best economic system, is flawed by the lack of imagination of the public. The wind, as well as petroleum is thought of in Norway as a national treasure shared by all. As a result, Norway has more than $1,000,000,000,000 (1T) in its national treasury. Imagine what the worth of US utilities would be if energy were thought of as a shared good like national parks and lakes. It isn't that it couldn't be done. It's that it can't be imagined. Americans, evidently would rather see a few thousand people insanely rich instead of providing quality services for the masses. This lack of imagination, this system which challenges every single entity of life, is something that Americans simply can't see around. The government, as we all know, is evil. Just as the corporate leaders are god-like "job creators."

Although it would be the public's best interest to borrow from the Norwegian system, there is no way it could happen given our lack of imagination.

John Middleton 1 year ago

Lack of imagination? More like lack of willingness of the 50% to pay any income taxes, much less the base income tax rate of 28% that everyone pays in Norway.

Bart Johnson 1 year ago

"Capitalism... is flawed by the lack of imagination of the public. "

I should think just the opposite. Capitalism allows for the imagination of the public to flourish to it's maximum. The creative energy of capitalism can be seen in the toothpaste aisle at your local superstore. There are shelves upon shelves of different kinds of toothpaste. If the government produced toothpaste there would only be one kind.

"The government, as we all know, is evil."

Government is not per se evil. The initiation of violence against people and property is evil. It just so happens that governments tend to use violence or threats of violence more than any other group.

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