Quick Kansas Update – A 3rd Veto

This past Saturday, Governor Sebelius vetoed the third (and final) piece of legislation that proposed two new coal-fired power plants in western Kansas.

There’s still a chance that legislators will attempt an override on May 29th. Like last time, an override is a given in the Senate, but the House votes are in question.

Her comments are starting to sting, and you can tell she’s sick of the shenanigans:

Rather than working toward a compromise solution, legislative leaders recklessly chose to jeopardize important initiatives for businesses and communities across our state by combining them with energy legislation I have previously vetoed twice. …this maneuver has done nothing to address the issues at hand – developing comprehensive energy policy, providing base-load energy power for Western Kansas, implementing carbon mitigation strategies and capitalizing on our incredible assets for additional wind power.

This third attempt to build the coal plants is unique in that the legislation pairs the coal plants with economic development incentives. Sounds like it should give coal proponents a leg up, until you find out that under the Kansas constitution, no single piece of legislation can undertake two subjects. So there’s a good chance that for this legislative session, the final attempt will be forced to die with a whimper. Let’s hope so.

— Kari Manlove

9 Responses to Quick Kansas Update – A 3rd Veto

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Off-topic, mostly, but I hope

    entitled “Simple, Low-cost Carbon Filter Removes 90 Percent Of Carbon Dioxide From Smokestack Gases”

    will prove to actually work in practice.

  2. David B. Benson says:

    And this:

    entitled “Fungus That Produces Biofuels From Plants: Genome Sequenced”

  3. kim says:

    But the globe is cooling. Don’t Kansans want to stay warm?

  4. David B. Benson says:

    kim — The CO2 will win in the end.

  5. kim says:

    D, I really believe that before we have to worry about CO2 warming the world, fossil fuels will be priced out of the energy market. All those lovingly created hydrocarbon bonds will be more useful as structure.

  6. David B. Benson says:

    You forget about King Coal.

  7. kim says:

    Ah, yes, the Beneficent Regent; may he feed and warm us through the cold spell. When we start warming again, time enough to welcome the long-lived reign of the successor, alternative, perhaps sustainable, energy.