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Kansas Rejects Coal Plant: Takes Lead on Warming

Kansas Rejects Coal Plant: Takes Lead on Warming

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment yesterday became the first government agency in the United States to cite carbon dioxide emissions as the reason for rejecting an air permit for a proposed coal-fired electricity generating plant, saying that the greenhouse gas threatens public health and the environment. The decision marks a victory for environmental groups that are fighting proposals for new coal-fired plants around the country. It may be the first of a series of similar state actions inspired by a Supreme Court decision in April that asserted that greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide should be considered pollutants under the Clean Air Act.

This is huge. The home of arch-social-conservative Brownback and other evolution-deniers has now taken the lead on global warming. Now utilities will think twice about coal. Which moves wind, solar and geothermal to the head of the class. This is not anti-growth, it’s pro-sustainability. Something the folks over at Capitalism magazine should get used to hearing. After all, what good is growth if it kills your grandchildren?


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