A couple of months ago, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby denied Sunflower Power’s permit to build two large, coal-fired power plants in western Kansas. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius supported him. Both were right.
This power plant is bad for Kansas on many levels. In addition to the obvious pollution concerns, a major consequence that our legislators seem to have missed — but which our coal interests surely have not — is that the excess capacity from this project will effectively kill the budding wind energy business in Kansas by destroying the business case for future clean power alternatives.
And our representatives’ stated reason for supporting this polluting behemoth? It will provide 350 full-time jobs when finished. Guess what? Wind farms also create jobs, and the fuel is free. The real reason for their support is the fossil fuel industry has too much influence in Kansas politics. Citizens need to contact their legislators and hold them accountable.
It’s ironic and moronic that the third best state in the nation for clean, free wind resources not only allows a huge coal-fired power plant to be built, but effectively neuters the clean power interests for the next generation. The coal interests refer to that as a twofer!