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Update on Sunflower Coal Plant

As you likely know, Governor Parkinson entered into an agreement with Sunflower Electric to allow them to build one coal plant at their existing site in Holcomb.  Despite the agreement being promoted as a win for the state and a win for Sunflower Electric, we remain skeptical of this
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Holcomb Reborn…Again: The 2009 Odyssey

“Holcomb Reborn” was used in the title of my first KLN in 2008 and 2009.  It has been a depressing thought every time I have used it in a title.  In January it just seemed absurd.  This time leaves me speechless.  The year’s legislative story is one that illustrates how crazy and unpr
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Fact Sheet on the Governor's Coal Plant Agreement with Sunflower Electric

The Governor has justified his May 4, 2009 settlement with Sunflower Electric Power Corporation primarily on two premises. First, and most importantly to the Governor, the settlement broke the impasse in the Kansas legislature and allowed passage of measures that will promote the use
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The Kansas Legislature: A One Trick Pony?

After having 3 Holcomb Bills die in 2008, two of which were successfully vetoed and the third allowed to lie at rest, the 2009 Legislature got creative by writing a fourth Holcomb Bill (sarcasm).  They call it a Comprehensive Energy Plan but once again its main purpose is to build a c
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Eating as Though the Earth Matters

“Yet, as environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water p
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