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Cap-and-trade harmful to Kansas

An op-ed in the Wichita Eagle (Amy J. Blankenbiller: Cap-and-trade would be harmful to Kansans) makes the case that some cures for global warming may cause more harm than good. The author warns that "we could be heading toward 'solutions' that are much more harmful to Kansas consumers and businesses than the environmental benefits they aim to provide." Specifically, prices for the forms of energy that most Americans use -- electricity, natural gas, and gasoline -- would rise rapidly. If we need any evidence that increases in energy prices are harmful, consider the reaction to a proposal to increase electricity…
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Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet: Not an Example of Sarah Palin’s Transparent Government

Paul Chesser of Climate Strategies Watch has done some investigative work seeking to understand the role of The Center for Climate Strategies in Alaska. (The Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet plays the same role there that the Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group (KEEP) plays here.) In his excellent and informative post Palin, Alaska's Climate Commission, and (Lack of) Transparency, Paul traces the formation of the climate change panel in Alaska by Governor Sarah Palin and CCS's involvement in that. At the same time, he illustrates the frustration that those making records requests of government agencies often experience. You can…
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Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group: Its Heritage

Paul Chesser of Climate Strategies Watch has done some investigative work looking into the background and affiliations of the Center for Climate Strategies. This is important because CCS is the radical environmentalist group that Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is using to run the activities of the Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group, or KEEP. The blog post announcing this work is Center for Climate Strategies in Black & White. The work is ongoing.
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Kansas Climate Change Mitigation Will Be Costly

A recent presentation in Kansas revealed that fighting global warming in Kansas will be quite costly, and will harm lower-income families most. The Wichita Eagle article Business leaders hear climate talk reports that The National Association of Manufacturers calculated that cap-and-trade proposals before Congress would cost the average Kansas family $304 per month in the form of higher prices for energy. That's a very large penalty for Kansas families, especially low-income families, to pay to mitigate something that not all scientists agree is a problem. Then, even if you agree that global warming is a problem, there's very little that…
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Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group: Hiding Budget Numbers

Paul Chesser of Climate Strategies Watch writes about the budget transparency of the Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group, or KEEP. Kansas government often has troubles with transparency. One of the main problems with KEEP is that policy is being formulated under the guidance of an outside radical environmentalist group, instead of in the legislature by Kansans, where it belongs. Climate Strategies Watch is a great place to learn more about the Center for Climate Strategies. For example: "CCS portrays itself as a technical advisory service organization that does not advocate for specific policies that will affect climate change.…
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Maryland Previews Kansas Climate Change Panel

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:…
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Center For Climate Strategies in Kansas: Good Economic Analysis?

As the Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group deliberates over the future of the environment in Kansas, we ought to examine the quality of the work product that the Center for Climate Strategies has produced in other states. The Beacon Hill Institute has performed an analysis of some of the work CCS has performed, and the results are troubling. This press release contains a link to the study document. This study is short at six pages, and I would encourage you to read the entire document. One of the things CCS does is to claim that reducing greenhouse gas…
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KEEP’s Goal is Predetermined and Ineffectual

Earlier this year, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius created the Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group, or KEEP. Its goal, as stated in the press release announcing its creation, is to "...explore opportunities in all sectors of our economy to accomplish the goal of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions..." Nancy Jackson of the Climate and Energy Project echoed these marching orders in her recent Wichita Eagle opinion piece. This predetermined goal, difficult as it will be to achieve, means nothing to the earth's climate. What Kansas could do, even if we took the most drastic measure possible, is canceled by…
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Jack Pelton, Leader of Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group

Earlier this year, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius created the Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group (KEEP) and appointed Cessna Aircraft Company chairman, president and chief executive officer Jack Pelton as its leader. This was a smart political move by Governor Sebelius. She appears to have put the planning for our state's energy future in the hands of an independent, skeptical businessman, someone who will be concerned about the bottom line. Someone who won't be overly influenced by the emotional appeals of environmentalists. Kansans need to understand, however, that Jack Pelton may not want to, or be able to, exhibit…
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Kansas Climate Profile: Cause For Alarm?

The Science and Public Policy Institute has released a series of state climate profiles. The Kansas Climate Profile is very interesting to read, especially in light of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and the creation of the Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group, or (KEEP). One of the things that I've not been able to understand is how people believe that what we do in Kansas -- like denying a permit for a coal-fired power plant -- can have any impact on the global climate. After all, we are just a small part of the planet, and some large countries…
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