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Welcome to a web “blog” on the future of energy and communities in Kansas. We think this web site will have a slightly different twist from many, and may take on subjects in a manner that is forthright but also willing to make people uncomfortable.
Initially this site has one author, but contains thoughts and writings from a small group in Eastern Kansas concerned with global climate disruption. Recently the state legislature has attempted to overturn Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Bremby’s denial of the permit for Holcomb power plant expansion due to carbon dioxide emissions (both in 2008 and again in 2009). This web site explains many of the problems with this legislation and intends to show a positive and sustainable future for Kansas based on alternatives to coal power plants energy.
(This web site was temporarily on hiatus after the Governor’s veto was sustained in the 2008 legislative season due to author’s work load and less happening on the subject.)
Mr. Elliott is webmaster, author, and provides hosting for the website as a public service. He has a BA in physics and MS in electrical engineering, and develops technological systems for communication, medicine, and industry, with a background in remote sensing and image and signal processing. Mr. Elliott is a board member of Kansas Citizens for Science, and past co-president and co-program chairman of Heartland Chapter of the Older Women’s League, member of Kansas Sierra Club, and of the (slightly inactive at the moment) ReenergizeKC.org. ReenergizeKC’s mission is to educate about the dual problems of climate change and peaking oil and gas production, in the Greater Kansas City area.
I am very proud of the work I did many years ago in developing computer aided design systems used to design many power plants and other projects. I occasionally point out how I stood on top of one the Laramie River power generating units (I believe #3) that I had in my way helped design. Among many other technological developments, I also designed and built a power control computer that managed load shedding of several megawatts of emergency generating capacity that kept AT&T Long Lines switching station in St. Louis trouble free during power outages–very similar in concept to the programmable thermostats that the power companies can control for “peak load” leveling.
Those of you who remember Walt Kelly’s Pogo comic strip may remember “we have met the enemy and they are us.” The people who want to continue building new power plants to help our current high quality living standards are not our enemy, they are us. But coming to terms with the long term consequences of our decisions can be very difficult. Sometimes we need to consider a new start, a new direction which can have its own rewards, though different from what we have been used to. I know that change can be difficult, but I know it can be accomplished–I have seen too many successes to believe otherwise.
But dramatic failure is also very probable if we don’t begin to act. I have seen that too.
Mr. Elliott can be reached at gordon ‘at’ this web site name dot org. We won’t write this out, you can figure it out yourself, so that spammers won’t harvest the name.
A note on comments: We are still sorting out the issue of comments. We have limited time and don’t want to be answering comments that appear regularly on websites that talk about global climate change but are designed only to provoke or befuddle. We will, most especially, answer every question from any legislator or legislator’s aide (or get answers from someone with expertise to know the answer). And take reasonable questions from anyone who really wants an answer.