Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Governor Brownback's Flip Flop on Supporting Wind Energy but Opposing its High Cost

The lack of "wisdom" from some Governors sometimes amazes me.  At the very least, it is comforting to know Illinois isn't the only state with a governor who lacks the foresight to create a state's energy policy.  As indicated by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, apparently Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has perhaps "seen the light" as the winds of public oppinion has begun to blow in a different direction. 

Maybe Kansas Governor Sam Brownback took a reality pill and is now opposed to new federal regulations by the EPA to promote wind energy.  It would appear Sam is now all about economically priced energy while Missouri looks to Kansas for wind energy to be in compliance with the new EPA rules designed to enhance demand for wind energy. 

Here's what the St. Louis article says;

"Working with Kansas could run into administrative as well as political roadblocks. It would depend on the development of a method to credit wind generation in a state’s emissions formula without double-counting it toward compliance in Missouri and Kansas. States with abundant renewable resources could be reluctant to let other states use them toward compliance.

Political considerations could also block cooperation. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, opposed the regulations from the outset, saying the day they were released they would “raise the cost of living for every Kansan.”

Is this an election year?  What happened Sammy?  Shoving overpriced Kansas wind down the throats of residents in eastern states was OK but when the EPA mandates Kansas comply, Brownback is opposed to high priced energy.  Hypocrite. 

Looks like the Kansas governor is all about supporting the wind industry when people in different states have to pay for it but opposes high priced energy for Kansas.  Maybe Governor Brownback supports the wind industry but just opposes paying for it.  Perhaps Governor Sam supports wind energy when it is subsidized with a federal Production Tax Credit , but opposes high priced energy bills when wind energy is mandated by the federal government without the tax subsidy.  Perhaps it is just a matter of convenience for Brownback to blame Obama.

Now that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) mandates people not benefiting from a transmission project pay their "fair share" to promote wind energy, it will be interesting if Sam Brownback is reluctant  to share Kansas wind energy with it's neighbor to the east.  When Kansas residents are paying for transmission projects to take energy out of Kansas, my guess is Brownback will balk.  As the campaign has begun, he is already looking to blame President Obama for the high price of alternative forms of energy (wind).

Wasn't Sam Brownback the one pushing wind energy and the Grain Belt Express Clean Line llc powerline to send wind energy eastward?  Didn't Sammy claiming transmission eastward will promote Kansas wind energy, create jobs.....So what happened Sam?  Why the change of heart? Why opposed to new regulations that will enhance demand for Kansas wind and the Grain Belt Express?  Did the Clean Line Kool-Aid sour in your stomach?  Yep, Here's a quote from Governor Sammy. 

“The Grain Belt Express Clean Line will provide a vital boost in Kansas’ efforts to lead the nation in renewable energy production,” said Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. “This project will bring well-paying jobs, generate revenue for landowners and local communities, and open Kansas’ abundant wind resource to new markets.  Transmission projects like this are key in our mission to establish Kansas as not only the Wheat State but also the Wind State."
So why the flip-flop Sammy?  Why were you for wind energy before you were against it?  Do you still support the wind industry?  Is this kind of like "I support the troops but oppose the war" kind of BS?

From the sounds of the St. Louis article, Saammy recognizes if Missouri buys wind energy from Kansas wind farms, this will decrease the supply of wind energy for Kansas Residents.  If demand for Kansas wind energy artificially increases because Missouri is competing with Kansas for wind Kansas residents are going to have to pay more for electricity.  What happened to Governor Sam Brownback's claim that wind energy offers a "clean path for growth"?

Sucks doesn't it Sammy? 

Kansas takes responsibility for it's own energy policy and the next door neighbor start says we want a piece of your deregulated business.  Plus, if more transmission is needed to wheel this energy to Missouri, Sammy probably recognizes Kansas residents will be forced to pay their "fair share".   Yeah, Sam supports transmission to shove new wind energy down the throats of eastern states when Kansas residents aren't paying for it, but know under FERC's Order 1000, Kansas residents could be paying for transmission to send wind energy to Missouri and without the federal subsidy the price of wind can be hidden.

Then again, maybe Brownback's backing from coal and the proposed new Sunflower coal plant in Holcomb, Kansas is the motivation.  Yes, Brownback supports a new coal plant that will send energy to states in the south and west.    Then again maybe Governor Brownback, is more like Illinois Democrat Governor Quinn and willing to tell the public what they want to hear but advocate those who pay his campaign.  It's called Pay-to-Play in Illinois.

It's pointless for Gov Brownback to blame the rising cost of energy on Obama and the EPA.  He's the one supporting the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard and supporting paying too much for wind energy.  It's not surprising other states are repealing these Renewable Portfolio Standards as they realize wind energy is expensive.


The "wisdom" of Governors sometimes amazes me.  At the very least, it is comforting to know Illinois isn't the only state with a governor who lacks the foresight to create a state's energy policy.  Kansas Governor Sam Brownback perhaps has "seen the light" as the wind has begun to blow in a different dirrection.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has and interesting article a week ago. 

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/mo-utilities-look-to-kansas-wind-to-comply-with-carbon/article_29faa710-8ed1-531b-9a01-c6e375cc13a8.html

Not sure what happened, maybe a dose of reality, but Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is now opposed to new federal regulations by the EPA to promote wind energy.  It would appear Sam is all about economically priced energy while Missouri looks to Kansas for wind energy to be in compliance with the new EPA rules designed to enhance demand for wind energy. 

Here's what the St. Louis article says;

"Working with Kansas could run into administrative as well as political roadblocks. It would depend on the development of a method to credit wind generation in a state’s emissions formula without double-counting it toward compliance in Missouri and Kansas. States with abundant renewable resources could be reluctant to let other states use them toward compliance.

Political considerations could also block cooperation. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, opposed the regulations from the outset, saying the day they were released they would “raise the cost of living for every Kansan.”

Is this an election year?  What happened Sammy?  Shoving overpriced Kansas wind down the throats of residents in eastern states is OK but when the EPA mandates Kansas comply, Brownback is opposed to high priced energy.  Hypocrite. 

Looks like Kansas governor is all about supporting the wind industry when others in different states have to pay for it but opposes high priced energy for Kansas.  It would appear Sam supports wind energy when it is subsidized with a federal Production Tax Credit (http://cjonline.com/news/2012-06-04/brownback-calls-renewal-wind-tax-credit?page=1)  , but opposes high priced energy bills when wind energy is mandated by the federal government without the tax subsidy. 

Now that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) mandates people not benefiting from a transmission project pay their "fair share" to promote wind energy, it will be interesting if Sam Brownback is reluctant  to share Kansas wind energy with it's neighbor to the east.  When Kansas residents are paying for transmission projects to take energy out of Kansas, my guess is Brownback will balk.  As the campaign has begun, he is already looking to blame President Obama for the high price of alternative forms of energy (wind).

Wasn't Sam Brownback the one pushing wind energy and the Grain Belt Express Clean Line llc powerline to send wind energy eastward?  Didn't Sammy claiming it will promote Kansas wind energy, create jobs.....So what happened Sam?  Why the change of heart? Why opposed to new regulations that will enhance demand for Kansas wind and the Grain Belt Express?  Did the Clean Line Kool-Aid sour in your stomach? 

Yep, Here's a quote from Governor Sammy. 

“The Grain Belt Express Clean Line will provide a vital boost in Kansas’ efforts to lead the nation in renewable energy production,” said Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. “This project will bring well-paying jobs, generate revenue for landowners and local communities, and open Kansas’ abundant wind resource to new markets.  Transmission projects like this are key in our mission to establish Kansas as not only the Wheat State but also the Wind State."
So why the flip-flop Sammy?  Why were you for wind energy before you were against it?  Because it will raise the cost of energy in Kansas.

From the sounds of the St. Louis article, Saammy recognizes if Missouri buys wind energy from Kansas wind farms, this will decrease the supply of wind energy for Kansas Residents.  If demand for Kansas wind energy artificially increases because Missouri is competing with Kansas for wind Kansas residents are going to have to pay more for electricity.  What happened to Sammy's claim that wind energy offers a "clean path for growth"? http://www.kansas.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article1073788.html

Sucks doesn't it Sammy? 

Kansas takes responsibility for it's own energy policy and the next door neighbor start says we want a piece of your deregulated business.  Plus, if more transmission is needed to wheel this energy to Missouri, Sammy probably recognizes Kansas residents will be forced to pay their "fair share".   Yeah, Sam supports transmission to shove new wind energy down the throats of eastern states when Kansas residents aren't paying for it, but know under FERC's Order 1000, Kansas residents could be paying for transmission to send wind energy to Missouri and without the federal subsidy the price of wind can be hidden.

Then again, maybe Brownback's backing from coal and the proposed new Sunflower coal plant in Holcomb, Kansas is the motivation.  Yes, Brownback supports a new coal plant that will send energy to states in the south and west.   http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2014/jul/17/groups-246k-ad-campaign-praises-brownback-over-pro/  Then again maybe Governor Brownback, is more like Illinois Democrat Governor Quinn and willing to tell the public what they want to hear but advocate those who pay his campaign.  It's called Pay-to-Play in Illinois.

It's pointless for Gov Brownback to blame the rising cost of energy on Obama and the EPA.  He's the one supporting the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard and paying too much for wind energy.  It's not surprising other states are repealing these Renewable Portfolio Standards as they realize wind energy is expensive.

Perhaps the smart thing for a Governor running for reelection with a failed energy policy, like Governor Brownback or Illinois' Governor Quinn, to do is to embrace it.  State residents should pay their fair share for "clean" energy.  The best way for an incumbent governor to discourage the base  is to hide from his record.

Which is it Governor Brownback?  Do you support wind energy and its high cost to consumers or do you support an open competitive energy market with economically priced energy?

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