Sunflower Electric Power Corp is poised to build 3 coal-fired plants in Southwest Kansas, outside of Holcomb. While the new plants would increase Sunflower's total generating capacity nearly seven-fold, most of the new power would be exported to Colorado. According to the Sierra Club, only 8% of the energy generated by the plants would provide electricity to Kansas, while the hearty winds of Kansas will blow pollutants like mercury and fine-particle emissions all over the state.
And what does global warming look like in the country's breadbasket? Droughts in Western Kansas, water depletion, storms, flooding, and crop failure all over the state. The good news is Kansas has the 3rd greatest wind potential in the U.S. Unfortunately Governor Kathleen Sebelius has done little to encourage wind expansion in the state, despite her proclaimed support of renewable energy. In the name of protecting the state and the planet, please send a shout-out to her office and register your dissent.
Toto thanks you.