Tag: GPACE

Environment

GPACE’s Scott Allegrucci misleads again

In the energy debate in Kansas, sometimes facts are hard to come by. Especially when green energy advocates mislead others about facts they must be aware of. An example is GPACE Director Scott Allegrucci’s comments from Clean Energy Day, a post which holds his remarks before a crowd in Topeka. In his remarks, Allegrucci uses imagery of a western Kansas desert to mislead listeners about the water usage of coal-fired power plants. These plants do use water. Quite a bit, in fact. But Allegrucci must be aware -- if has any interest in being intellectually honest -- that the power plant has to purchase water rights for the water it will use. That water, if not used by the power plant, would very likely be used in agriculture. Those agricultural products -- mostly corn to be turned into...
Environment

GPACE poll on Kansas energy

Great Plains Alliance for Clean Energy recently released a poll that purportedly shows great interest in Kansas for clean energy sources. Looking at the poll, however, leads to little confidence in its results. Some of the results the poll produced are totally meaningless. For example: "Results show that most voters (almost two-thirds) think the price of coal will increase over the next 25 years." Is this poll relying on Kansas voters as experts in coal futures? This result is probably more the result of the Kansas press repeatedly reporting the wishes of radical environmentalist groups. The poll also asks questions that produce results like this: "88% of Kansans feel that it is important that Kansas become energy independent by developing natural gas and wind resources that already ...
Environment

Another Misleading Question by GPACE

Yesterday we saw how the website of the Great Plains Alliance for Clean Energy contains a list of ten questions for Sunflower supporters. My post GPACE "Sunflower" Questions Misleading showed how these questions are designed to influence public opinion in a very misleading manner. One of the ways some of the questions are misleading is that they're based on a false premise (or two). Here's question number eight, which provides another example: "How is it a good idea for the part-time, partisan Kansas Legislature to be responsible for thousands of annual permit requests and for enforcing compliance, in addition to other priorities and constitutional duties?" This question is based on this premise: that because a majority of Kansas legislators want to overrule one decision made by Rod ...
Environment

GPACE “Sunflower” Questions Misleading

The website of the Great Plains Alliance for Clean Energy contains a list of ten questions for Sunflower supporters. (It seems if you're an environmentalist, the term "Sunflower" is enough to let you know what these questions are about. For normal Kansans, though, they'll need a little more information. These questions refer to Sunflower Electric Power Corporation and its proposed expansion of the Holcomb Station coal-fired power plant. Or, simply, "the coal plant.") When I read these questions, they reminded me of questions used in push polls. These questions -- not really questions at all -- are designed to produce a change in the views of the respondent. They are often based on a false premise, but sound reasonable or tenable. That's the case with many of these ten questions. ...
Environment

Wind power: look at costs of “boom”

There's been a lot of investment in Nolan County, Texas. Things are booming. That's pretty much the entire point of an op-ed piece in the Wichita Eagle by Scott Allegrucci. (Money Blowing in the Wind in Texas, January 16, 2009) He's the director of the Great Plains Alliance for Clean Energy, based in Topeka. This organization's website states that "GPACE seeks to correct an imbalance in the information citizens and their elected representatives have received regarding the critical and complex energy policy decisions facing our state." If that's really GPACE's goal, Mr. Allegrucci didn't advance it in this piece. That's because he promotes the benefits of spending on wind energy without considering the true cost of wind energy. Further, he ignores the tremendous subsidy poured into...
Environment

Rasmussen Poll on Kansas Coal Plant

What is the attitude of Kansans toward coal-fired power plants? Opponents of these plants have polls purportedly telling us that a majority of Kansans are opposed to them. See the press release Kansans Support Denial of Coal Plants, Want Wind Power for New Electricity from GPACE, a group headed by Scott Allegrucci, a former actor and son of Joyce Allegrucci, the former campaign director and chief of staff for Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. But also see Kansans’ Opposition to Coal Plant: Look at the Poll for a look at the type of questions used in this poll. Now a Rasmussen Reports poll from June 2008 covers some issues in Kansas. The poll can be viewed here. The last question in the poll is this: Should the State of Kansas allow a power company to build a new coal fired plant...
Kansas state government

Kansans’ Opposition to Coal Plant: Look at the Poll

We've been told that Kansas public opinion is against the building of a coal-fired power plant in western Kansas. See the press release at Kansans Support Denial of Coal Plants, Want Wind Power for New Electricity. I would encourage you to view the questions that appeared on the poll cited in the press release. Here's one, where people were asked which statement comes closer to their point of view: Statement A: Now more than ever we need to commit to alternative energy sources such as electric power generated by wind. We have the technology, if we only have the political will to invest sufficiently in it. Statement B: Wind energy is a nice idea, but it is ultimately insufficient to meet much of our energy needs. And placing huge wind turbines all over our beautiful rural landscape...
Kansas blogs

Kansas Blog Roundup for May 30, 2008

Abortion politics were at the forefront in Kansas this week. Robert Novak's column about Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius (A Pro-Choicer's Dream Veep as printed in the Washington Post) revealed some previously-unknown information about the relationship between her and the notorious late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller of Wichita. The KRA comments and links to Novak's column: Novak: A Vice-President of Abortion. Kansas bloggers were quick to notice and expand on the story. The Kansas Meadowlark reports with this article that corrects Mr. Novak on a few details and expands greatly: Dinner for 6 or 20? Gov. Sebelius sold dinner, photos to highest bidder: Dr. George Tiller. At raubinandmegan.com, Raubin Pierce posts this entry: Gov’s Party:No Kids Allowed. The Kansas Republican p...
Kansas state government

The Energy Policy Goals of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius

The Kansas Meadowlark gets it just right in this quote from a recent article: "Unfortunately Sebelius' energy policy is more about winning elections than solving long-term energy problems." Most Kansans realize that Kathleen Sebelius' national ambitions are more important to her than the good governance of the State of Kansas. Her policy switch on the desirability of coal-fired power plants in Kansas helps her nationally, but hurts us here in Kansas. The Meadowlark's full story is here: GPACE PAC/Sebelius only want unreliable energy sources for Kansas?
Kansas blogs

Kansas Blog Roundup for May 16, 2008

Kansas Education has a post promoting a new report about early childhood education issued by the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy. An excerpt: "As appealing as the logic of universal pre-K may be, there’s a final reason to cast a critical eye on it: putting all or even a majority of very young children into government-run programs threatens the balance of responsibilities among important institutions such as family, religion, business, and government. Some level of government is required, but too much distorts a society." The post is here: Plato’s Republic on the Plains. The Kansas Trunkline wonders Where in the World is Kathleen Sebelius? and How far left is Kathleen Sebelius on the Holcomb Power Plant issue? The Kenig Konnection reports updates in the second and third distric...
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