Hodge letter, JCCC Campus Ledger – Some environmental laws do more harm than good

Letter by Hodge in Campus Ledger

Some environmental laws do more harm than good

Last year, Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius became the first American policymaker ever to deny a power plant’s construction due to the theory of man-made global warming.

Two coal-fired power plants were scheduled to be built in Holcomb, Kansas. But Sebelius illegally ordered Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Secretary Rod Bremby to deny the application.

Long-term, energy prices may increase and the state’s economy may suffer (why would major businesses want to move to states where activist governors abruptly change regulatory laws?).

The Holcomb power plants will again be in the news during the new 2009 Topeka legislative session, and I would like to highlight four things.

First, KDHE receives its authority from Kansas law, and the department acted illegally.

Second, KDHE has a history of ignoring laws. KDHE has never enforced Kansas’ 1998 late-term abortion law; Kansas is the only destination for elective late-term (post-21 weeks) abortions in the entire Western hemisphere.

Third, in 2008, Sebelius was being considered by Obama for EPA secretary. Kansas voters came in second to the governor’s personal goals.

And fourth, the Holcomb decision will now end up in the hands of the most radical state court in the nation. Unlike all other American states, the panel of self-described “legal experts” that selects Kansas Supreme Court justices is majority-controlled by unaccountable lawyers. Our entire energy policy will be decided by far-left lawyers.

Like 50-60% of Americans, I find no conflict in stating both that I am a “global warming skeptic” and that I consider myself to be quite “pro-environment.” I do not want tax (or tuition) dollars used to promote a political agenda, or to obstruct private industries from creating new jobs and new technologies.

I will contrast the Holcomb decision with the new JCCC Energy Performance and Resource Management Program, an example of environmental policy that is based upon consensus and facts. JCCC will offer new classes that will focus on improving the energy efficiency of buildings and appliances. As the business market demands it over time, I expect a variety of courses to be offered at JCCC, perhaps in wind, solar, and nuclear technology.