Daily Archives: Oct. 20, 2011

Kansans United in Voice & Spirit to rally near Koch’s headquarters in Wichita

A group that drew more than 200 people to the steps of the Capitol last month to rally against Gov. Sam Brownback’s decisions plans to march near Koch Industry’s headquarters in north Wichita on Oct. 29, the group announced this evening.

Kansans United in Voice & Spirit, a nonpartisan organization based in Lawrence, says it represents the majority of Kansans “who personally live with the consequences of ideologues and outsiders who are well financed in a way that most Kansans are not.’

The announcement otherwise doesn’t say anything specific about Koch Industries. But the company and its founders have become a primary example of a company with powerful political influence and prolific financing of conservative candidates.

Asked by e-mail about its decision to rally at Koch, the group’s founders said people are starting to recognize the corporate influence on the federal, state and local levels “has threatened the intention and spirit of our democracy.”

“Koch Industries represent the epitome of corporate power,” they wrote. Read More »

Kansas ranks 48th in energy efficiency

Kansas find itself in a familiar position when it comes to energy efficiency – trailing the nation and falling farther behind.

Today, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked Kansas No. 48 in energy efficiency among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Kansas dropped two places from its No. 46 ranking last year.

Kansas’ efforts to spur conservation took a further blow recently when the state decided to defund the Efficiency Kansas loan program — originally a $38.2 million effort using federal stimulus money to make low- and no-interest loans to home and business owners for energy-saving improvements.

Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has transferred the bulk of the program’s remaining federal stimulus funding, about $20.5 million, to expand efforts to make alternative fuel from grasses, corn waste and cow manure.

Only North Dakota, Wyoming and Mississippi came in lower than Kansas in energy efficiency. Oklahoma dropped four spots to rank No. 47, just ahead of Kansas.

Leading the nation was Massachusetts, which passed California for the No.1 rating for the first time in the five years the rankings have been done. New York came in third and Oregon fourth, with Vermont, Rhode Island and Washington tied for fifth. Read More »