CLIMATE AND ENERGY

From the Climate and Energy Project:

Kansas is undergoing a transformational time in energy and electricity. While we face the battle of a changing climate we’ve witnessed how renewable energy curbs emissions while also providing economic value. The recently released Electricity Rate Study calls for a Statewide Energy Plan and Integrated Resource Plans to determine how to best integrate clean energy in Kansas and take us into the future.

We recently hosted a video series, “Making the Connections: Climate Change in Kansas”. This series shares the perspective of 14 different Non-Profit Organizations in Kansas and how each organization and the communities they serve are impacted by climate change. You can view that series here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiCUoiwVFx17eCPRDFnbilHwqvlwtGJ1Y&fbclid=IwAR3tXwsar5Dj0z3aavjLWj6WPkiBHk4CGujTNDeRNszueZIUH1JQyHIpI3Y

Kansas Democratic Platform for Protecting our Natural Resources and Environment

The health of Kansans is intertwined with the quality of our water, air, and soil. Kansas Democrats believe incentives should be offered to assist farmers, industries, and municipalities as they adopt more environmentally-friendly practices. We support environmental policies and long-range planning that will enhance, rather than diminish, the natural assets we pass on to our children and grandchildren.

Water and Soil

We assign a high priority to cleaning up our rivers and streams, reducing the pollutants in the air, protecting ground water from depletion and pollutants, preserving biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and addressing climate change.

The depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer and other water sources as well as the silting of Kansas reservoirs are critical problems for the future development in Kansas. Kansas needs a long-term strategy for coming to grips with this problem of resource depletion. We support the development of the 50 year vision for water in Kansas to protect our shrinking water resource which includes educating the public on water conservation.

The fertile soils of Kansas farms must be protected and conserved. This is best accomplished by research, education, and keeping the land in the hands of family farmers.

Energy

Kansans must protect the environment while pursuing energy sources, utilize renewable energy resources when available, and reduce the dependence on fossil fuels. The environmental impact must be considered when exploring for oil or natural gas.

Kansas Democrats support measures to increase energy efficiency. We support the development of economically and environmentally sustainable clean energy resources and a long-term commitment to the development of a renewable energy economy, based on the production of power from wind, water, sun and bio-fuel.

Kansas Democrats support the requirement that power companies generate a certain percentage of their energy via renewable sources. We oppose any effort to repeal this requirement.

We believe that energy efficiency and economic growth go hand in hand. We will make our economy more efficient by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, producing less waste, and using less energy.

Climate Change

Kansas Democrats acknowledge human activities are contributing to unprecedented changes in the climate of our planet. This climate change poses a very real danger to our state’s residents and economy. Kansas Democrats support action to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses, both through the use of alternative fuels and increased energy conservation and efficiency.