The fight over a western Kansas coal-plant expansion is more than legal and regulatory. Itâ€™s also political. The Kansas Chamber of Commerce is using the issue to raise money for its political action committee, with chamber president and CEO Amy Blankenbiller claiming in a letter that the air-permit denial of the plants â€œwill have a chilling effect on Kansasâ€™ entire business and manufacturing community.â€
But that â€œeffectâ€ is speculative at best. Obviously, the chamber is going to support candidates who support business, but shouldnâ€™t that support be based in fact rather than fearmongering?