Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group
The composition of the group has met with criticism by those who believe it will manipulate the process to reach pre-determined conclusions. House Speaker Melvin Neufeld said, "This organization is funded mainly by groups who approach our country's energy and environmental issues with an alarmist's point of view, raising real concerns about whether those predetermined biases affect their findings."
How members were chosen for the commission
According to the Sebelius executive order, the advisory groups consists of "25 individuals appointed by the Governor." Sebelius appointed Jack Pelton as chair of the group. The other members were chosen from the following list:
- One (1) member recommended by the President of the Kansas Senate;
- One (1) member recommended by the Speaker of the Kansas House;
- One (1) member recommended by the Minority Leader of the Kansas Senate;
- One (1) member recommended by the Minority Leader of the Kansas House;
- One (1) member from the public energy sector;
- One (1) member from a rural electric cooperative;
- One (1) member from the municipal electric sector;
- Two (2) members from the agriculture sector;
- Two (2) members from separate nonprofit environmental organizations;
- Three (3) members who are scientists from an accredited state institution of higher education (one who shall be a climatologist);
- One (1) member of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce;
- One (1) member of the AFL-CIO;
- One (1) member who is an economist from an accredited state institution of higher education;
- One (1) member from the transportation sector;
- One (1) member from the manufacturing sector;
- One (1) member from the construction industry with experience in sustainable energy construction or design; and
- Five (5) members who are citizens at large.
Members of the commission
- Jack Pelton, Chair of the committee, and CEO of Cessna.
- Steven Baccus, Kansas Farm Bureau president;
- Amy Blankenbiller, Kansas Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive officer;
- Jim Boone, NorthStar Comfort Systems Inc. president;
- David Braaten, Kansas University geography professor;
- Casey Cassius, Berkebile Nelson Immenschuh McDowell Architects architect;
- Yvonne Cather, Kansas Sierra Club Council delegate;
- Patty Clark, Kansas Leadership Center director of operations;
- Johannes Feddema, Kansas University geography professor;
- Ashok Gupta, Natural Resources Defense Council director of air and energy program;
- Colin Hansen, Kansas Municipal Utilities executive director;
- Nancy Jackson, Land Institute Climate and Energy Project director;
- Mike Kelley, YRC Worldwide vice president;
- Mark Knight, owner of Knight Feedlots;
- State Rep. Annie Kuether, D-Topeka;
- State Rep. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick;
- Stuart Lowry, Kansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. executive vice president;
- William Moore, Westar Energy president and chief executive officer;
- Emil Ramirez, United Steel Workers District 11 assistant director;
- Charles Rice, Kansas State University agronomy professor;
- Bruce Snead, Kansas State University engineering extension program specialist;
- John Wong, Wichita State University Urban and Public Affairs interim director.
- KEEP's website
- Executive Order establishing the group
- Kansas group appointed to look at climate change, May 10, 2008, Lawrence Journal-World.
- Fort Mill Times, "Environmental group helping with emissions plan"
- The Wichita Eagle, "Climate group to assist state on energy plan"
- McGinn appointed to energy advisory panel