Greenwash Watch: Kansans for Affordable Energy
King Coal got a shock when the State of Kansas rejected two 700MW coal-fired power plants; Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said "I believe it would be irresponsible to ignore emerging information about the contribution of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to climate change and the potential harm to our environment and health if we do nothing. " Dave Roberts at Grist bubbles: "This is the first time a coal plant air permit application has ever been denied on the basis of CO2 emissions. "
The King was sorely vexed, and founded "Kansans for Affordable Energy" to run ads that say that these men are smiling "Because the recent decision by the Sebelius Administration means Kansas will import more natural gas from countries like Russia, Venezuela, and Iran." Dave Roberts notes again "Nothing like a little overt xenophobia to liven up the energy debate."
It is not really greenwashing; we need a new term for wrapping coal in the American flag and creating a straw man called "energy security" as an alternative to trying to "stop global warming" when in fact you should get two for the price of one. ::Dot Earth