Sunflower Electric Power. Corp. is pulling out all the stops – and abandoning reason – in its quest to get approval of two new coal-fired power plants. It filed a federal lawsuit this week claiming that state officials violated Sunflower’s civil rights. There is a civil right to pollute the air? The lawsuit also irresponsibly charges that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson and Kansas Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby opposed the permit application to “further their individual political fortunes.” So why have coal plants been blocked in other states? Are officials in those states building their resumes, too? Were U.S. Supreme Court justices hoping for better jobs when they ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to take action on regulating carbon dioxide?
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