Our Monday editorial praised Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ announced intention in her second term to more boldly promote renewable energy, especially wind power.
Kansas remains one of the top-rated states for wind potential — and one of the slowest to seize the economic opportunity.
A new electric transmission authority approved last year for western Kansas could help, but Kansas really needs a state Renewable Portfolio Standard, which commits utilities to using a certain percentage of renewables by a certain date.
“That’s the missing piece,” noted Craig Volland of the Kansas Sierra Club.
Moreover, the debate is growing — including on this blog — over the proposed coal-fired power plants near Holcomb.
As we argued in the piece, Sebelius needs to address questions about the global-warming gases these plants will spew and whether the complex will reduce demand for renewables and put pressure on the Ogallala Aquifer.
Is Kansas going to be a leader in the fight against global warming, or one of the worst offenders?
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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