In Kansas, the Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group, or KEEP, is meeting and planning the future of Kansas energy policy.
If we want to see what the conclusions of this effort will look like, we can look to the just-completed effort in Maryland. Yes, we’ll have to make a few adjustments, as Maryland has a seashore and Kansas doesn’t, but the basic thrust of the report is likely to be much the same.
That’s because in both states, the Center for Climate Strategies runs the show. Or, as one columnist wrote in Stupid environmentalist tricks in College Park:
The MCCC [Maryland Climate Change Commission] itself is a kangaroo court conceived and controlled by the Center for Climate Strategies, a subsidiary of an avowed alarmist advocacy group posing as a disinterested technical consultant. If you want a sneak peek at what is in store for Maryland, just look at CCS’ other state reports; the recommendations are all nearly identical.
It will be interesting to see just how little the report prepared for Kansas differs from the cookie-cutter reports prepared for other states whose governors have been foolish enough to let this radical environmentalist group operate in their states.
Energy could be the issue that unites the two wings of the KS GOP. It did during the 2008 KS legislative session as the 30 senate Republicans united in support of expanding electrical production in western KS.
However, since the legislature went home and the primary election season began, the Senate President Steve Morris began a policy of using so called “moderate,” actually liberal groups, to blast conservatives with election eve smears tried and often succeeded in trashing conservative Republicans running for the KS senate. It got really ugly before the August 5 primary as party funds under Morris’ control was funneled to tax ‘n spend Republicans and “moderate” pacs (for more details on this visit the kansasmeadowlark.com for all the names).
That is unfortunate. The energy issue is too important for political hacks like Steve Morris to screw up. Morris, who did a good job on the energy issue in 2008, often votes liberal on fiscal issues and has regularly backed higher taxes and spending dursing his long legislative service.
Morris was one of two senators hob-knobbing with the odious Supreme Court member Lawton Nuss at their infamous luncheon meeting during the scandalous Montoy case for some ex parte discussions about this then active lawsuit. Nuss, who had represented the lead plaintiff in this lawsuit, the Salina public schools, before joining the court as a Bill Graves appointee was later “admonished” by the court’s in house Yorkshire terrier sized ethics “watch dog.”
Morris’ fiscal vote rating according to groups like the Kansas Taxpayers Network is only a few points higher than the very liberal minority leader in the Kansas Senate, Tony Hensley, of Topeka (see kansastaxpayers.com). When liberals like Morris run the GOP at any level, the net result is political and fiscal bridges to no where that leave the fiscally conservative Republican base disenchanted and disappointed.