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KDHE, Sunflower Electric, Earthjustice, Center for Climate Strategies: different peas in the same pod

Evidence that a business seeking regulatory approval of its project enjoyed an apparently close relationship with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment should not be surprising. Reporting in the Kansas City Star leads with "Hundreds of emails document that officials of a Kansas power plant enjoyed a cozy relationship with the Kansas regulators who issued them a building permit in December." (Kansas agency, utility worked closely on permit for plant) A press release from Earthjustice, the legal advocacy arm of the Sierra Club, proclaimed "A new report reveals Sunflower Electric (Sunflower) enjoyed a cozy relationship with Kansas regulators during…
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Earl Watkins, Sunflower Chief Executive, speaks at AFP event

Earl Watkins, President and CEO of Sunflower Electric Power Corporation recently spoke to a group of citizen activists as part of AFP - Kansas Day at the Capitol. Here's a few notes from his talk. Did you know that Sunflower Electric is a not-for-profit organization? The demand for electricity changes constantly, moment-by-moment, throughout the day. Since electricity can't be stored, matching generation to consumption of electricity is a challenge. Adding wind power makes this an even more challenging job, as wind power is very erratic. Watkins told a story of how a group of Kansas University students contacted him as…
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Kansas Wind Power Economic Benefit in Perspective

An editorial in the Wichita Eagle that promotes wind power as an economic benefit for for Kansas contains some reasoning that deserves examination before we commit to the author's cause. (Emil Ramirez: Entire state could benefit from wind, February 19, 2009 Wichita Eagle.) Unstated by Mr. Ramirez, but underlying this op-ed, is that the shift to wind power from coal is necessary to reduce carbon emissions for environmental reasons. The science behind this is far from settled. Besides, there's very little that we in Kansas can do in light of the rapid increase in global carbon emissions. Doing something of…
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Kansas Climate Change Group Changes

In his piece Separate But Still the Same, climate change alarmist watchdog Paul Chesser writes "A global warming alarmist group that masqueraded for the last few years as an objective consultant for many states announced this week that it has been disowned by its global warming alarmist parents." This article describes changes made at the Center for Climate Strategies. This is of interest to us in Kansas for at least one reason. Here's Chesser's paraphrasing of CCS' pitch made to states: There is a human-caused global warming crisis and the states must do something about it, because the federal government…
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A reasoned look at wind power

The Texas Public Policy Foundation has released a report titled Texas Wind Energy: Past, Present, and Future. It doesn't have a catchy title, but the report is full of useful information about wind energy. Here's a little bit from the executive summary: The distinction between wind and wind energy is critical. The wind itself is free, but wind energy is anything but. Cost estimates for wind-energy generation typically include only turbine construction and maintenance. Left out are many of wind energy’s costs—transmission, grid connection and management, and backup generation—that ultimately will be borne by Texas’ electric ratepayers. Direct subsidies, tax…
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Attitudes towards global warming are changing

Global warming alarmists -- in this article Christopher Booker refers to them simply as "warmists" -- have become "even shriller and more frantic" in light of evidence that climate change may not be proceeding they way they've been predicting. In his article in the Daily Telegraph (2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved), Booker makes these points: Easily one of the most important stories of 2008 has been all the evidence suggesting that this may be looked back on as the year when there was a turning point in the great worldwide panic over man-made global warming. Just…
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Climate change resource center launched

When evaluating the claims of radical environmental extremists, people need accurate and reliable information about global warming and climate change. To this end, I've started a Climate Change Resource Center page, where readers can find links to reliable sources of information. If you know of other sources or articles that should be listed, please send them to me.
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Climate change alarmism in Kansas is expensive

Today's Wichita Eagle reports on the high cost of climate change mitigation. (Climate cleanup costs could trickle down) Before Kansans commit to expensive courses of action that will be ineffective, we need to consider the wisdom of this action. As reported in the article, "there is the worry that regulation will drive up costs and push industry and jobs to other places." Climate change alarmists treat these yet-to-be-passed regulations as a given, and are sure that they'll be implemented. These regulations, however, are bad public policy, and there's no reason why we should base current decisions on the threat of…
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How a Sub-prime Lender Influences Kansas Energy and Environment Policy

In an American Thinker article titled How allies of George Soros helped bring down Wachovia Bank, you can read about the business activities of Herbert and Marion Sandler: Herbert and Marion Sandler, a New York lawyer and Wall Street analyst respectively, bought a small California thrift in 1963 and built it into GDW [Golden West Financial] -- one of the largest thrifts in the nation. The company's business was built on adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs. These were mortgages offered at low "teaser" rates that ratcheted upward as interest rates increased. They were often sold aggressively to unsophisticated home buyers who…
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Rhonda Holman’s Kansas Energy Policy: Not Good for Kansas

Wichita Eagle editorialist Rhonda Holman writes "[Kansas Governor Kathleen] Sebelius gets it. Too bad the Kansas Chamber does not." This is the end of her lead editorial from today titled Kansas Chamber protecting past. In it, she claims that the Kansas Chamber of Commerce is out of touch with the reality of global warming, and by extension, that our governor isn't. Ms. Holman cites a study showing that green investment in Kansas could add many jobs to our economy. That's no doubt true. But these jobs have all the characteristics of public works jobs, meaning that for each job created,…
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