Renewable energy – Supporters of the polluting and powerful fossil-fuel industry have a message for Kansans and others eager to improve how Americans consume energy: We are going to do everything possible to derail, delay and demean clean, renewable power. It’s all part of a multibillion-dollar, self-interested scheme by groups including Koch Industries, Americans for Prosperity and the American Legislative Exchange Council to keep people tethered to old-fashioned energy sources. Promoters of clean and renewable energy must continue providing the positive facts about solar and wind power to the people of Kansas and to legislators often reluctant to base their decisions on facts.
Give Gov. Sam Brownback credit. He has held firm in his support for wind farms. Wind farms create jobs, especially in western Kansas. They paid southwest Kansas counties $1.2 million this year, according to the Kansas City Star. But Brownback’s allies, Americans for Prosperity and some shirttail friends of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, spent more than $300,000 trying to defeat the requirement that utilities buy more of their energy from alternative sources. They failed.