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Use wind, not coal — Harris News Service



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‘Use wind, not coal’
Protesters to coal-fired power plants overwhelmingly push for renewable energy.
By Sarah Kessinger - Harris News Service

“It’s bad economic development policy to be building new coal plants,” said Perney, a city commissioner. “Electric power from wind farms puts more money into communities where they’re located. We need a band of wind towers from Elkhart to St. Francis.”

He and counterparts Tuesday also voiced their objections to a bill that was written and passed to enable two new coal-fired power plants for a Kansas utility and two others from Colorado and Texas.

“If we go with coal now, we’re never going to make a transfer to a renewable source,” said Megan Hughes, a stay-at-home mom from Parsons.

This article continues with some of the more difficult issues. To make progress toward an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for the state of Kansas by 2050, we must recognize the importance of these issues. No single magic bullet exists, as one presenter at the energy committee said. This article points out that people are afraid of living with brown outs. This will be a reality unless we move ahead with measures to both conserve and to produce alternate energy sources. Your author’s conviction is that these problems can be solved, and that many who are concerned actually don’t recognize the importance of solving them in a manner consistent with reduction in CO2 emissions toward this 80% reduction goal.

To address the brownout question, we must do more than just ask for a denial of the coal-fired plant. Yet Megan Hughes point is exactly correct. So we have a lot of work ahead of us. Read this excellent article, and don’t just get angry at the points that you disagree with, as these are the issues we need to start addressing with the people of this state.

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