Environmental Group Helping State With Emissions Plan

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ An organization that's helping the state develop a carbon emissions reduction plan is facing criticism.

Opponents say the Center for Climate Strategies is tied to ``alarmist'' environmental groups.

Conservatives and business groups say they're afraid the center might try to enforce an extreme agenda through its work with the Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy advisory group.

Those who have worked with the center in Arkansas and Michigan say it acted as an adviser only. But a businessman who worked on a similar project in Minnesota said he felt the center manipulated the process toward its own ends.

Kansas in one of a dozen states working on plans for dealing with greenhouse gas emissions, which many scientists believe contribute to global climate change.

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