It was recently discovered that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, an agency charged with upholding the Clean Air Act, colluded with a power company to facilitate approval for an 895 MW coal-fired power plant that the public staunchly opposed. While many Kansans are outraged at this blatant violation of the public trust, Republicans in the state seem unable to see anything wrong with the KDHE's actions: "Being cozy with business is not necessarily bad,%u201D said Rep. Scott Schwab, an Olathe Republican. %u201CKansas needs to be open for business. We don%u2019t have mountains. We don%u2019t have oceans. If we don%u2019t allow for people to make it easy to make a profit in Kansas, there really is no reason to come here." Filthy air and polluted waterways make it difficult for people to live there. So which is more important, profit or people? It's time for Rep. Schwab to do his job and take a stand for the health and happiness of the Kansans that he was elected to serve. Join us in asking Rep. Schwab to apologize for his remarks and join the fight for Kansas' clean energy future!
Dear Rep. Schwab, We the undersigned, feel that your recent remarks concerning the discovery of collusion between the KDHE and the Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to facilitate the approval of a coal fired power plant are unacceptable, and demonstrate a betrayal of the duties to which you were charged by the people of Kansas. People, the people you were elected to serve, are more important than any profits the coal industry can bring to the state of Kansas.
We the undersigned request that you issue a formal apology to the people of Kansas for your remarks, and rededicate yourself to the charge of bringing more clean, reliable, renewable energy to the state of Kansas. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
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