We just returned from a drive through Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. We couldn’t see 10 miles away, even after a storm. The air was as hazy as China until we got to the western slope of Colorado. All those wide open spaces were enveloped in a smoggy haze.
Kansans and Kansas City people should think long and hard about another coal-power plant to the west of us. Sometimes we have to consider what is really best for the future rather than money for the moment. We did see a huge wind farm being built, and the scattered oil pumps were working.
Now, who profits from a coal plant in the far rural part of Kansas?
The failure of the Kansas Legislature to override Gov. Sebelius’ veto of a coal-fired power plant has more grave consequences than most voters realize. Plug-in hybrid automobiles are expected to hit the mass market in 2010. They will have a range of 500-plus miles. By utilizing smart electric meters and non-peak times, recharge is expected to cost about $2.
Pacific Northwest National Labs stated that power plants can meet the needs of 73 percent of the cars, thus cutting oil consumption by 6.2 million barrels a day and eliminating 52 percent of oil imports. C02 emissions would be cut by 450 million metric tons a year, effectively scrapping 82 million cars.
Now, the kicker: If coal-fired plants furnished all the electricity, C02 emissions would fall because coal is burned more efficiently than cars burn gasoline.
By 2010 the governor will be modeling her Oscar de La Renta gown elsewhere, and the Legislature will be wiping the pie off their faces.