Kansas on Forefront of No Coal Movement

Kansas has long been a place where great contests for the soul of the country have been fought. The scars of the violence from “Bloody Kansas” lie mostly buried, with memorial plaques bearing witness to where homes burned and people died over whether Kansas would join the United States as a free state or slave state. Kansas eventually joined the United States as a free state, rejecting the premise that some must live as slaves in a repudiation that helped precipitate the Civil War. The progressive populism of Kansas helped launch the Progressive era and the curbing of the Robber Barons.

We all know there is a new great contest for the soul of America, to whether or not to rise to the Climate Challenge, take responsibility for its role in changing the world’s climate, and lead the world in developing the clean energy revolution needed to solve our economic and ecological crises. Kansas is again on the forefront.

In a state that many had written off as deep Red and beholden to right-wing arguments against either acknowledging or addressing Global Warming, Kansas Governor Sebelius took a courageous step few other governors would take and blocked the building of two new dirty and dangerous coal plants.

She did so in the face of a legislative revolt, vetoing repeatedly the misguided efforts to push the plants through. In fact, she used the Supreme Court decision, Massachusetts vs. EPA, as her justification, thereby setting the stage for a future President of the United States to do so with a Coal Moratorium.

For added impact. Notice the signs, in the hands of two ministers as well as students, Wind not Coal, being furiously whipped around by the strong winds. For a higher quality version, please watch it here.

Kansas citizens are likewise standing up and demanding to be heard that they support clean energy, not dirty and dangerous coal. For evidence, see this footage of dozens of Kansas citizens coming together to protest the 14th dirtiest coal plant in the nation: you can see its plume of dirty smoke in the background.

So, with the nation watching where Kansas is going, the answer is blowing in the wind. Kansas gets it.

3 Responses to “Kansas on Forefront of No Coal Movement”

  1. 1 Shadia Wood Oct 29th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Way to go Suzanne Graham. This work is incredible!

  2. 2 Suzanne Graham Oct 30th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you Ms Fayne!

  3. 3 Ethan Nuss Oct 30th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Yes! Yes! My heart will always be with you there in Kansas. Glad to see the fight in my home state is still strong. Keep rockin

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Richard, VP, Business Development for Ethical Electric is a veteran of online organizing and online media, clean energy entrepreneurship, and mission-related investing. The founder of Fired Up Media and Editor of It's Getting Hot in Here, he served as VP of Project Finance for Solar Mosaic, the Online Organizer for the Webby-nominated, 17 million person TckTckTck campaign and as an angel investor in and board member to startups, such as Skyline Innovations, Faraday Bicycles, and SumofUs.org. He graduated from the Center for Progressive Leadership's Executive Fellowship and the NextGen Fellowship in Mission Related Investing, as well as Macalester College, where he developed the first student-led Clean Energy Revolving Fund. He also has been known to collect and use cooking equipment from around the world and might just make you something, if you ask nicely.

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