The next round of Kansasâ€™ coal war began today, as Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed the bill meant to let Sunflower Electric Power Corp. add two coal-fired power plants to its operation near Holcomb. The bill also would undermine the authority of Kansas Secretary of Health and Environment Rod Bremby, who had angered many lawmakers by denying Sunflowerâ€™s air permit based on its anticipated carbon emissions. â€œInstead of building two new coal plants, which would produce 11 million new tons of carbon dioxide each year, I support pursuing other, more promising energy and economic development alternatives,â€ Sebelius said in her veto statement. The Senate is expected to override her veto, but it remains in doubt whether the necessary two-thirds majority can be reached in the House.
As Congress moves toward mandatory controls on greenhouse-gas emissions and Wall Street frowns on new coal plants, do Kansas lawmakers really want to stake their reputations on forcing through these plants, which would pollute Kansas and mostly power other states?
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