Our editorial today notes that even though Kansas seems far away from Heiligendamm, Germany, the site of the Group of Eight summit, a proposed coal-fired power plant expansion in southwest Kansas puts the state in the center of the global debate about the summit’s signature issue, climate change. So does Kansas’ current 10th place standing among states for its per-person emissions of carbon dioxide from electric generation, owing to its 75 percent reliance on coal-fired plants, according to an Associated Press analysis.
And with President Bush agreeing with other Group of Eight leaders Thursday on a call to substantially reduce global emissions, Kansas won’t just be bringing up the rear of the parade but could be marching the opposite way, if it welcomes two or three coal plants.
Greenhouse gas emissions and their environmental effects don’t brake for state lines and national borders, so the responsibility to respond to climate change must be shared.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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