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Posted: Tuesday, 14 January 2014 10:31PM

Kansas Chamber Expands Agenda on Energy, Education

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The Kansas Chamber of Commerce is expanding its legislative agenda this year to include support for repealing the state's renewable energy standard for utilities.
Chamber executives said Tuesday they're getting into the renewable energy issue because businesses are concerned about energy costs. The standard requires Kansas utilities to see that renewable sources such as wind provide 20% of their electric generating capacity by 2020.
Chamber President and CEO Mike O'Neal also said the group will lobby on education issues.  O'Neal said the chamber's position on energy isn't anti-wind, but driven by a belief that the marketplace should drive utility decisions.
But green energy advocate and Lawrence Rabbi Moti Rieber said the chamber is taking a stance against jobs and economic development.


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01/14/2014 10:36PM
Kansas Chamber Expands Agenda on Energy, Education
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01/16/2014 10:23AM
news reader
this is ALEC's agenda
01/16/2014 11:56AM
Ms clean energy advocate
There is no climate plan or for that matter little progress in addressing the major contributor of carbon dioxide, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, etc which is coal fired utilities. The Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign financed by Gov Bloomberg has been successful, but that is not a national energy policy that looks at stopping coal combustion, coal mining, and coal pollution.
01/16/2014 4:02PM
High-stakes climate poker
The risk of going slow on change will have consequences. I think it is time for businesses to understand the risk that is putting on ourselves by not moving on this. Ignoring this risk puts our society's future in a very tenable place.
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