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Wikipedia: Scientific opinion on climate change



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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_opinion_on_climate_change
(accessed 3-17-2009)

National and international science academies and professional societies have assessed the current scientific opinion on climate change, in particular recent global warming. These assessments have largely followed or endorsed the IPCC position of January 2001 that

An increasing body of observations gives a collective picture of a warming world and other changes in the climate system… There is new and stronger evidence that most of the warming observed over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities.[1] (more…)

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Kansas City Star: Rush for coal plants slows to a stagger



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Rush for coal plants slows to a stagger

By KAREN DILLON
The Kansas City Star

If the Sunflower Electric Power Corp. coal-fired power plants are built in Kansas — and that’s still an if — they could be among the last to go up in America for quite a while.

Just a few years ago, 180 coal plants were on the drawing boards across the country. Now that number may be down by half.

“The rush to build new coal plants is on its last legs,” said James Gignac, Midwest director of Sierra Club’s “Move Beyond Coal” campaign. “Over 90 of the coal plants have been abandoned or defeated.”

Even industry officials acknowledge that applications for new plants have slowed significantly.

“What we have seen in the past year and a half is a decrease in the numbers of proposals for new coal-fired power plants,” said Dan Riedinger, a spokesman for Edison Electric Institute, which represents 70 percent of the electric power industry.

… Read article in Kansas City Star

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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.

Read article in Kansas City Star…

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Sun Newspapers: [Colloton] may change vote



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The Johnson County area Sun newspapers carried this story this week:

Coal-fired Colloton

Legislator may change vote

By: Katrina Segers, staff writer
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Every vote counts.

With the House sitting at an 83-41 vote to approve two coal-fired power plants in western Kansas, a change in only one vote during the wrap-up session that starts April 30 could override the governor’s veto.

State Rep. Pat Colloton, R-Leawood, said although she is still grappling with the issue, she is considering changing her vote against the plants to a vote supporting the plants. (more…)

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Sun newspapers article: ‘Some pollution is OK’



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The various Sun newspapers of the Johnson County area ran the story Thursday (3rd):

 ‘Some pollution is OK’

We didn’t ask permission to quote the entire article, and will change that if necessary. This article fails to give any “other sides” to the issue except for the state senators’ opinions, and only dissenting opinion on construction of a new coal-fired power plant is from Sen. David Wysong, “My district is concerned about global warming and we listened to them.”

What is very important about this article is that it gives the context from the Kansas legislature point of view. People who disagree (like your web site’s author) need this information:

‘Some pollution is OK’

By: Katrina Segers, staff writer

 

The fate of two $3.6 million coal-fired power plants in western Kansas remains unknown, but most state senators from Johnson County support the plants. (more…)

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Kansas City Star: Lots of cash behind coal plant clash



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Lots of cash behind coal plant clash

The energy industry, utilities and environmental groups are locked in a high-stakes battle in the Kansas Legislature to win the minds (and votes) of legislators. Theories of global warming clash with debates over coal as a clean fuel. Questions of fairness and economic development are lobbed back and forth.

And amid all the rhetoric, the effort to swing votes has turned into the most expensive lobbying fight in state history. Annual lobbying expenditures have topped $1 million for the first time. More than half of the $1.17 million in lobbying expenses reported to the state in 2007 came from energy companies and utilities.

The article continues with comments on legislator’s beliefs in the science of global climate change:

Science in dispute

(more…)

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Use wind, not coal — Harris News Service



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This article may have appeared in several newspapers around the state.

‘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.

(more…)

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Clean Energy Day, in Hutchison News



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The trip that many of us made to the Capitol made the Hutchison News.

Diverse mix of Hutch residents attend rally

Like most of the passengers on the bus, Branscom was hoping that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius would veto the energy bill, House Substitute for Senate Bill 327, which passed the House and Senate last week.”I’m a very concerned citizen,” Branscom said.

While completely opposed to the two proposed coal-fired plants in Holcomb, he also was hoping to convey a message to legislators that there needed to be provisions for Bill 327 to include wind energy.

Your author and many more from across the state made this trip–indeed a learning experience.

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News articles



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Kansas City Star: Greener living: Take small steps to big energy savings in your home

Parade Magazine: As the cost of fuel rises, battles rage over Wind Power

Topeka Capitol Journal: Power Plant Expansion — One to watch

Salina Journal: House, Senate still have no decision on coal

Time: Global Warming’s Next Victim: Wheat

eredux.com: Statistics on Kansas Energy Consumption
epa.gov: Statistics on Energy

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