Support for alternative energy subsidies thin among Kansas lawmakers

Wichita EagleJuly 3, 2011 

With federal subsidies for ethanol, wind energy and other alternative energies targeted for possible cuts, many in Kansas' congressional delegation say they won't defend them.

Most want to reduce the subsidies, while at least one wants to eliminate them altogether.

Observers say this marks a change for a state whose members of Congress have long worked to support farmers and industry through government subsidies.

These subsidies directly benefit thousands of the state's farmers either through higher crop prices or through the possibility that a wind farm will be built on their land.

State government considers alternative energy a key growth industry for the future. Gov. Sam Brownback, a conservative Republican, supports ethanol and wind power as a way to boost the state's economy — largely the same stances as the previous Democratic administrations.

Congress might also be turning away from earlier efforts to reduce dependence on foreign oil.

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