This editorial appeared in The Kansas City Star.
The federal government and private industries want to invest in states with progressive energy policies. Kansas, with its ample supplies of natural gas, biofuels and wind, is in many ways an attractive destination.
But the Legislature's Republican leadership is holding the state back by insisting that any energy-related legislation be tied to approval of two coal-fired power plants in Holcomb, Kan. Last year lawmakers failed three times to overturn a permit denial decision made by the administration of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Now lawmakers are back again with another attempt to push the coal plants through. They have sent Sebelius a "comprehensive energy bill," which basically strips the state secretary of health and environment of the ability to reject the plants.
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