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May 14, 2009

Kansas Coal - More on Gov. Parkinson's Dirty Deal

As a native Kansan, I pay close attention to the happenings in my home state, where my parents still live and my brother still goes to college. Lately, Kansas has been at the center of the coal fight, with former Governor Kathleen Sebelius standing up for clean energy by stopping the construction of two massive polluting coal power plants meant to ship every to other states.

Now, new Governor Parkinson has tarnished Sebelius's legacy by agreeing to a dirty, backroom deal with big coal. Carolyn Szczepanski at Kansas City metro weekly "the Pitch" has the details.

When Gov. Mark Parkinson capitulated to Sunflower Electric Power Corporation and gave his stamp of approval to a monstrous coal-fired power plant in Western Kansas, he sucker-punched his predecessor Kathleen Sebelius, who had mustered the political courage to oppose the pollution-spewing facilities for a solid two years.

The new governor also gave the finger to thousands of Kansans who put exceptional pressure on their elected officials to hold the line against the dirty idea.

What's more? The so called "green" provisions in the deal...are anything but. From "imaginary offsets," to escape clauses for biomass, not to mention those two plants sunflower "agreed" to shut down.

The agreement calls for the decommission of two oil-fired power stations owned by Sunflower in Garden City. The governor's office suggested scrapping those old clunkers would save 60,000 tons of carbon per year. Actually, governor, that number is a big fat zero. Even Sunflower officials admit the facilities have been inoperable for years.

Read the entire article here. This fight's not over yet.


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