State of Kansas Archives: on Energy & Oil

Mark Swaney: Tax carbon to encourage people to use alternatives

Swaney said one of the most important issues on his platform is climate change. He would implement a tax on carbon to encourage people not to use it. Swaney wants the country to focus on alternatives that would not pollute the atmosphere.
Source: KAIT-8 on 2014 Arkansas Senate race Jul 26, 2014

Chad Taylor: "Wind cowboys" maintain fields of windmills in west Kansas

Energy is the 800-pound gorilla in the room. Without an intelligent domestic energy infrastructure, our country is set up for failure. As Kansans, we need to invest in a patchwork solution and abandon the notion that one energy source will meet our demands indefinitely. It is critical to consider every option before us in determining how to responsibly generate power and prosperity, and incorporate the potential of our economy.

We have highly-skilled engineers and tradesmen in Wichita who can build new turbines, and new economies. The "wind cowboys" (and cowgirls) being trained at our state's technical schools can service and maintain the fields of windmills in western Kansas. The farmers of our state will reap the rewards of land leases that pay for these natural power plants in the short term.

And we are not even close to fulfilling our potential. Kansas has the second-highest wind potential of any state in the country.

Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign website, Jun 17, 2014

Sam Brownback: New wind energy projects; make KS the Renewable State

We will build the expansion of the Holcomb power plant. Affordable energy and electricity exports will help underpin Kansas' 21st Century economy.

We will expand and start new wind energy projects in the state. If we do this right, we will see the development of a renewable energy corridor between Wichita and Salina that will provide jobs for rural Kansas and clean energy for the world. I want Kansas to be known as the not only as the Wheat state--but as the Renewable State.

Source: 2011 Kansas State of the State Address Jan 12, 2011

Lisa Johnston: Encourage emerging green technology

I see environmental policy as a safety issue. We must be sure that we have policies in place that keep our environment and planet from becoming damaged or dangerous. We must think not only about ourselves but also about maintaining the environment for future generations.

Not only must we be sure appropriate regulations are in place to prevent environmental damage but we should also provide incentives for companies that are focused on operating in an environmentally safe fashion. We should also consider offering tax incentives for green companies that are both creating new jobs and helping our country by developing new sources of cleaner and cost-effective energy.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website,, "Issues" Aug 12, 2010

Mark Parkinson: Bring wind farms and green jobs to Kansas

I want to propose that we continue to move forward with energy policy in Kansas. 2008 was about building wind farms in Kansas, 2009 was about bringing wind manufacturing jobs and transmission to Kansas. Let's make 2010 about making Kansas a national leader.

[I have appointed] a Cabinet team who will make sure that we take advantage of every opportunity to continue to bring transmission, wind farms and green jobs to Kansas. It is our destiny to provide clean energy to the rest of the country.

Source: Kansas 2010 State of the State Address Jan 11, 2010

Jim Holt: Drilling for oil in Alaska won’t cause environmental damage

Holt said he supports drilling for oil in Alaska and believes it can be done without causing environmental damage.
Source: AR Senate Debate in Arkansas News Bureau Oct 29, 2004

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