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Proponents of coal plants see turning point



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At least that is the heading as printed in the Kansas City Star, Feb 28, 2009.

By DAVID KLEPPER and STEVE KRASKE
The Kansas City Star

TOPEKA | Last year, Kansas backers of coal-burning power plants were like Sisyphus in mythology, doomed to roll a boulder up an incline again and again.

Lawmakers kept passing bills to get the plants built in western Kansas, then saw Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius wield her veto pen and kick the big rock down again.

This year they’re at it again. But has anything changed?

As it turns out, plenty.

New leadership in the Kansas House. Changes in tactics by plant supporters. Less vocal opposition.

And in this troubled economy, arguments about job creation and stable electric rates are a lot more compelling.

Still, it’s going to be tough for Republican leaders — particularly in the House — to muster the two-thirds majorities needed to override Sebelius, who has vowed to support her top regulator’s decision to reject the plants in 2007.

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