The Washington Post reports the Green Energy hippies are beating the Koch Brothers in
Kansas. Kansas, the "What's a matter with Kansas" Kansas. All red Kansas.
Kansas might be the best place to see how these dynamics are unfolding.
The state was a promising choice for a foray against rules known as renewable-energy standards, which set minimum levels of renewable-energy use by electric utilities. Variations of these rules have been adopted in about 30 states, even though Congress did not pass a federal version of the requirement. In Kansas, a law passed in 2009 requires utilities to use wind and solar power to generate at least 15 percent of their electricity by 2016 and 20 percent by 2020.
The coalition seeking the repeal of the renewable mandate had all the ingredients for success.
Financial muscle came from the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, which lobbied heavily for repeal. In addition, the state is home to Koch Industries, the Koch brothers’ Wichita-based energy conglomerate. The state representative for Wichita, Republican Dennis Hedke, has called the company “one of the greatest success stories in the world” and said “they are making very positive contributions.” Hedke chairs the state House’s Energy and Environment Committee.
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