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Brownback pens op-ed in favor of coal plant


Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Sen. Sam Brownback (R) ![][1][(Sam Brownback commentary in Wichita Eagle) PLANT DENIAL NOT IN STATE'S BEST INTERESTS:][2] Dictators control many energy-producing regions, oil prices hover at nearly $100 a barrel, and volatile natural-gas prices have led to higher costs. We must utilize ethanol and other biofuels, conservation practices and the energy resources within our own borders. Coal must be counted among these important resources. U.S. coal deposits contain more energy than all the world's oil reserves combined. Given this, removing coal from our energy-supply equation is irresponsible. Sunflower Electric Power Corp. is seeking to expand its existing power plant in Holcomb. However, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recently denied the permits necessary for the expansion. This decision, which is not supported by the laws and statutes of Kansas, is not in the best interests of Kansas nor the environment. [1]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/brownback.jpg [2]: http://www.kansas.com/205/story/224433.html


LiberalDude 10 years, 4 months ago

Typical two face Brownback. He says he's a "friend" to the environment and then comes out in support of more coal plants. It's obvious that he'll support whatever his rich, corporation friends want him to.

I wonder how much money he wasted in his presidential campaign only to drop out in October? Probably enough to build a few wind farms.

lucky_guy 10 years, 4 months ago

Brownback probably says that the extra Mercury and CO2 is good for Kansans based on "Sound Science". But our old buddy Melvin Neufeld is already ahead of the game in that regard. Brownback doesn't need to worry, the KS legislature can be bought for pennies on the dollar. So Colorado and old Tom Tancredo can get 85% of the output with no pollution, while we get all the pollution and infrastructure costs plus any long term adverse health costs. Sounds like a great deal for everyone except the people who live here, seeing as the good people of Kansas see fit to keep Senator Brownback in DC he can't see any problems either. So until we make changes in the legislatures both here and in DC we all can count on thing like this happening.

toefungus 10 years, 4 months ago

Sam is right. We must use coal and find ways to clean it up.

Joe Hyde 10 years, 4 months ago

As the project was proposed, 85% of the electrical power generated by these two powerplants was earmarked for consumption by out-of-state consumers.

So...why doesn't Senator Brownback acknowledge the concept of building these power plants in the states having the greatest need for their output? Wouldn't that arrangement let Kansas users purchase the 15% output that remains?

janeyb 10 years, 4 months ago

Sam. Please run for president again. Get out of Kansas business.

snowWI 10 years, 4 months ago

That picture of Brownback always scares me!!!

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