Hours after Governor Sebelius rejected Sunflower Electric’s pathetic compromise yesterday, the Kansas Senate voted to override Governor Sebelius’ veto of the Holcomb coal plants. You can follow live blogging of the event by the Climate and Energy Project here.
It’s apparent in CEP’s live blogging that the process was treacherous for observers. And there were plenty. A Pack the Capitol campaign made for a full house (and literally, a full Kansas House).
On the last attempt, the veto override died on the House side of things, as proponents fell one vote short. That’s why Pack the Capitol focused on the House, and that’s why we’re still anxiously awaiting the House’s vote, which may happen today.
But don’t let the excitement over the veto allow you to miss what ELSE the Senate did yesterday, which was to pass an additional bill to “assess a 2 cent per meter per month charge on all ratepayers for four years.‘”That’s to fund Sunflower Electric’s bio-energy research center.
So, in case you missed that – Kansas, you need these coal plants for affordable energy. Nevermind that additional charge that was just slipped in.
(If you’re thinking, like KS Sen. Janis Lee, that the charge won’t ‘break the bank’, you’re both probably right, but on principle, after all the arguing what’s best and most affordable for Kansans are these plants, and after trying to bribe Kansas State University – clearly demonstrating that you have the funds to build the center and support the research – this is a disgraceful slap in the face to Kansans. More discussion on this third piece of legislation again at the CEP blog.)
At least given an override, there’s been word of a legal battle.