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Kansas House of Representatives Says “no” to Attack on Renewable Electricity Standard

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Great news out of Kansas! Just one day after the Kansas Senate voted to repeal the state’s renewable electricity standard (RES), the House of Representatives sent the measure packing by an overwhelming 77-44 vote margin. This is a victory for renewable energy in Kansas and across the nation. It is also yet another direct rebuke to the shady tactics and misleading cost analysis put forth by clean energy opponents like Americans for Prosperity, Heartland Institute, and ALEC; all of which are funded by the Kansas-based Koch brothers.

This wind project in Greensburg, Kansas is just of many supplying nearly 3,000 megawatts of clean and affordable power to Kansas consumers, while also delivering substantial economic benefits.

This wind project in Greensburg, Kansas is just one of many supplying nearly 3,000 megawatts of clean and affordable power to Kansas consumers, while also delivering substantial economic benefits.
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Despite falling on deaf ears in the Kansas Senate, it is clear that House members heard the call from the 75 percent of Kansans who support the current RES policy. They recognize the substantial economic and environmental benefits to local communities that the RES has already delivered, and want to keep the momentum going.

There is no doubt that opponents will keep up their attacks in Kansas and in other states that are making the transition to a clean energy economy. The fossil fuel industry has deep pockets, after all. In the meantime though, it’s full steam ahead for renewable energy development in the Sunflower State.

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About the author: Jeff Deyette is a senior energy analyst with expertise on the economic and environmental implications of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies at the state and federal level. He holds a master’s degree in energy resource and environmental management & international relations. See Jeff's full bio.

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  • http://devinxcombs.wordpress.com Devin Combs

    Goes to show that even when lobbying power goes to the big dollar fossil fuel players, it is the reasoning and understanding of the people that is truly important. Great example of why continuing to educate about the positive impacts of developing clean energy markets is so important.

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