Brownback pens op-ed in favor of coal plant

Here are today’s headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Sen. Sam Brownback (R) !(Sam Brownback commentary in Wichita Eagle) PLANT DENIAL NOT IN STATE’S BEST INTERESTS: 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.