Real source of wind-energy attack
Americans for Prosperity’s media blitz attacking Kansas’ wind industry tries to exploit lingering anger toward former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for promoting Obamacare. But while the Koch-backed AFP clamors for repeal of the renewable portfolio standard, the American Legislative Exchange Council is the ringleader behind the scenes.
Dedicated ALEC members Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, and House Energy and Environment Committee Chairman Dennis Hedke, R-Wichita, ardently promote ALEC’s national interests while disregarding those of Kansans. These anti-wind-energy legislators seek repeal or weakening of Kansas’ RPS, knowing full well that AFP’s wind-cost information is wrong. Publicly available Kansas Corporation Commission data cites Environmental Protection Agency-mandated coal-plant retrofits and transmission upgrades as primarily responsible for rate increases.
Repealing or weakening Kansas’ RPS is one of ALEC’s prime objectives. Success in Kansas would be a springboard for repealing RPS legislation in other states. This outcome would have a negative effect on Kansas’ economy, as demand for low-cost Kansas wind energy and Kansas-built wind-energy components would drop.
Sadly, these legislative leaders are sacrificing a growing wind-export market and jobs for appeasing ALEC and its donors’ far-right ideology.
Plains states coordinator
Red State Renewable Alliance
Enough on X-rays
For the past several weeks, we have been hearing from Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., regarding Milton Wolf’s Facebook posting of X-rays of fatal gunshot wounds and medical injuries (Feb. 25 Eagle). Wolf has admitted his poor judgment in this matter and apologized – two actions most politicians cannot bring themselves to do.
I have listened to Wolf speak to the important issues facing our nation and his standing on them, as well as addressing Roberts’ voting record. I would appreciate Roberts speaking to the same important issues rather than continuing to talk about Facebook.
Phyllis Bennis will speak in Wichita this week on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Her books include “Before and After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the War on Terrorism,” “Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict,” “Ending the Iraq War,” “Understanding the U.S.-Iran Crisis” and “Ending the War in Afghanistan.” Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.
Hear her at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, 655 S. Lorraine Ave. She also will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at 100 Lindquist Hall at Wichita State University. The events are free and open to the public.
A scholar of the region and a Jew, Bennis helped found and remains on the advisory board of the U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation of Palestine. Bennis’ speaking tour in the area is under the auspices of the Palestine Study Group of the Peace and Social Justice Center in Wichita.