The Kansas House fired the first shot of the session Thursday in the coal war with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, giving first-round approval to a bill that would green-light the Holcomb plant expansion among other energy initiatives. House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, thinks he has the votes to override Sebelius, should she veto the plant expansion for a fourth time. Maybe he does. But O’Neal and other coal proponents are disregarding reality in pushing the plants when the Obama administration is proposing to tax and regulate carbon emissions, other states are halting or shelving new coal plants, and financing has frozen for other large projects.
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