Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group

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Members of KEEP
Jack Pelton
Steven Baccus
Amy Blankenbiller
Jim Boone
David Braaten
Casey Cassius
Yvonne Cather
Patty Clark
Johannes Feddema
Ashok Gupta
Colin Hansen
Nancy Jackson
Mike Kelley (Sunshine Review)
Mark Knight
Annie Kuether (Sunshine Review)
Stuart Lowry
William Moore
Emil Ramirez
Charles Rice
Bruce Snead
John Wong
Kansas Sunshine
The Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group is a commission established in May 2008 in Kansas by an executive order of governor Kathleen Sebelius. The stated purpose of the commission is to develop "recommendations to the Governor to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Kansas."[1] The commission's process of reaching conclusions, which it will then offer to the governor, will be "facilitated" by the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS), a Pennsylvania-based group. The costs of facilitating the process are being underwritten by private donors that some say have a private, ideological agenda behind choosing CCS to facilitate the work of a governmental commission. Funding organizations include the ACLU and the Herb Sandler Foundation.

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."[2]

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

External links

References

  1. Fort Mill Times, "Environmental group helping with emissions plan"
  2. The Wichita Eagle, "Climate group to assist state on energy plan" (dead link)
  3. McGinn appointed to energy advisory panel (dead link)