Environmentalists Prevent Cleaner Power Plant Construction

More on the inherently statist nature of that pseudo-philosophy known as “environmentalism.”

From journalist Patrick Richardson:

In 2007, Sunflower Electric Power Corporation proposed a state-of-the-art coal-fired power plant in Holcomb, Kansas. This plant represented a $3.5 billion investment in one of the most rural areas of the country, $78 million in annual payroll during the construction phase, and more than 300 permanent jobs and $15 million in payroll once it was completed.

The plant, with two 700-megawatt generators, would have used technology to limit emissions. It would have been a huge economic boon to an area which largely relies on the meatpacking industry, tourism, and agriculture for jobs.

Then a bureaucrat on the other end of the state killed it. “A lot of people would be at work right now if they hadn’t shot it down,” Sunflower spokeswoman Cindy Hertl said.

The first nail in the coffin of the plant was the denial of an air quality permit by Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Secretary Roderick L. Bremby. KDHE is sort of the EPA and U.S. Health Department all rolled into one. In denying the permit, Bremby said:

“After careful consideration of my responsibility to protect the public health and environment from actual, threatened or potential harm from air pollution, I have decided to deny the Sunflower Electric Power Corporation application for an air quality permit.”

This was, keep in mind, before the U.S. Supreme Court issued that insane ruling that carbon dioxide could be regulated as a pollutant.

So, on the basis there might be a problem, Bremby axed the plant. Four bills and four vetoes later, then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius left office to become secretary of health and human services.

It was so bad the Finney County Democratic Party Chair Lon Wartman left the party and issued a scathing rebuke to Sebelius.

Enter current Gov. Mark Parkinson.

Read the full travesty here.

2 Comments

  • Redmond

    April 30, 2010

    You go girl!

    Interesting article on Rod. It may shine a light on why he does not mind making sure that others may have to go through the bankruptcy process by killing jobs and growth.

    Rod Bremby, who oversees an annual budget of nearly $216 million as a state Cabinet secretary, filed this week for personal Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection along with his wife, physician April Bremby.

    Rod Bremby, secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and April Bremby listed assets of $464,202 and liabilities of $598,755 in their Chapter 13 filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Kansas City, Kan.

    The filing indicates that April Bremby’s medical practice in Lawrence ceased producing income in October. She now works at a clinic operated by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, a job that pays nearly $110,000 a year.

    Rod Bremby, a former assistant city manager in Lawrence, earns an annual salary of $98,372.

    Just what do they spend their money on?

    And what do they spend taxpayers money on? I wonder if they treat the government finances like their own!

  • Redmond

    April 30, 2010

    oh yeah, here is the article.

    Have a great weekend.

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