Planet Kansas News

Voice of the Kansas Sierra Club

Climate in the Statehouse

Our state is in the midst of an economic recession that threatens safeguards we all depend on, including core environmental protections. Kansans rely on protections that keep our families healthy: clean water to drink, unpolluted air to breathe, and the clean-up of toxic contamination
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What Might Have Been

The long-awaited air quality permit application from Sunflower Electric Power Corporation to build a 900mw coal-fired power plant has been submitted to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Sunflower once said it had to have the permit by the end of the 2008 legislative ses
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Bees in more trouble than ever after bad winter

MERCED, Calif. – The mysterious 4-year-old crisis of disappearing honeybees is deepening.  A quick federal survey indicates a heavy bee die-off this winter, while a new study shows honeybees’ pollen and hives laden with pesticides. Two federal agencies along with regulators in C
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Electricity Demand Is Softening Is Energy Efficiency Kicking In?

Electricity demand appears to be softening, and this has serious implications for power generators like Sunflower Electric. Mega consulting firm Black & Veatch says that U.S. consumption of electricity increased only 1.1% per year from 2000 to 2008 compared to 2.3% per year from 1
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Kansas Cattle Feedlots Lower Quality of Life

We recently received the following letter describing conditions at cattle feedlots around Garden City. Dear reader: I am a resident of SW Kansas and I am becoming increasingly appalled at the deplorable conditions in area feed lots. Area residents are routinely forced indoors and must
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