A legislative committee in Kansas today heard from both sides of a proposed ban on new coal plants.
This is in reaction to plans to build the biggest new coal plant west of the Mississippi in far western Kansas. Opponents say the plant will pollute and eliminate a great opportunity to explore wind power or other more green energy proposals.
Supporters, however, say it's not your grandfather's coal plant. They say modern pollution controls and environmental safeguards ensure this will be a clean plant. And they say it could give a boost to wind energy by adding transmission lines in that part of the state. Plus, it'll add jobs in an area that needs them bad.
Lawmakers in the House Utilities Committee say they'll probably vote on the proposed two-year ban on new plants this week. With Gov. Kathleen Sebelius opposed to the ban, and with only a handful of lawmakers seriously suggesting it, we're predicting a tough road for this legislation.
Posted by David Klepper