From the Kansas Republican Party
Topeka, Kansas—In yet another insult to utility ratepayers across the state and the economic interests of western Kansas, Governor Kathleen Sebelius vetoed legislation that would have allowed the construction of two clean coal-fired power plants in Holcomb. The Kansas Republican Party criticized Sebelius’s veto of the coal plant legislation and the harm she has done to the Kansas economy.
Kansas GOP Chairman Kris Kobach stated, “It’s clear that the Governor continues to put the interests of radical left environmentalist groups ahead of the needs of Kansans. She has slammed the door on a $3.6 billion investment in the Kansas economy. She pretends to care about the plight of Kansans who need work, but when the opportunity arrives to create jobs, she is nowhere to be found.
“In addition, with the stroke of her veto pen, Governor Sebelius has ensured that the cost of utilities for ratepayers across the state will rise. Evidently, she’s not writing checks for the utility bills at Cedar Crest. If she were, she’d have some sympathy for the rest of us who see utility costs taking a bigger bite out of our wallets.
“This bill would have provided common-sense solutions to the energy issues facing our state. Included in this bill were provisions that would: create a renewable resources requirement for electric utilities, require some energy companies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, reduce mercury emissions, require energy efficiency for government buildings, and provide tax incentives for energy and efficiency improvements in residential rental properties. Construction of the new plants would also result in the building of new high-capacity transmission lines that make wind farms economically viable. Now those wind farms won’t be built.”
“During the entire debate surrounding the coal plant, the Governor was completely absent. She was either attending conferences out of state or campaigning for Barack Obama all over the country. It’s obvious to Kansans that she’s more interested in auditioning for a position on Obama’s team than taking care of the people of Kansas. While she was gone, Republicans were stepping in, filling the leadership void. Legislators, led by Republicans Steve Morris and Melvin Neufeld are to be commended for their efforts.”