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Here is another story illustrating the nationwide campaign backed by the Koch brothers to roll back state Renewable Portfolio Standards, aka RPS. Joanna M. Foster of Think Progress reports Koch-Funded Group Won’t Back Kansas Republicans Who Supported Clean Energy.
Last week, Kansas State Rep. Scott Schwab (R-Olathe) failed to obtain the Kansas Chamber of Commerce political action committee endorsement. In a surprisingly frank and revealing email to his supporters, Schwab claims that his position on the proposed weakening of Kansas’ renewable energy portfolio standard and a dispute with lobbyists for Koch Industries Inc. cost him the Chamber PAC’s support. The Kansas Chamber of Commerce is the state’s leading business lobbying group and is funded by petrochemical billionaires Charles and David Koch.

In his email Schwab recounts his experience serving on the Kansas House Committee on Energy and Environment as the panel considered a bill in 2013 that would have weakened the state’s renewable energy portfolio (RPS). According to Schwab, many businesses in areas with wind farms and wind-related jobs testified against the bill, while the only groups speaking out in support of the bill were out of state think tanks. After the committee hearing, Schwab says that Koch lobbyist Jonathan Small informed him Koch Industries was pushing the bill.

Koch Brothers
Schwab says he ended up supporting the bill but did not support the many subsequent attempts to weaken or repeal the Kansas state RPS so his name is apparently being "whispered" as the enemy.
But when Schwab ran into Koch lobbyists at an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meeting in Topeka later that year, he says the lobbyist thought he had opposed the bill and lashed out against him. ... There have been multiple Koch-backed attempts to weaken the RPS in Kansas. Last month, the Kansas House of Representatives voted 63-60 to defeat the bill that would have weakened the state’s renewable energy standard, which requires that utilities get 20 percent of their power from renewable energy sources by 2020.
Just this March a bipartisan group of both Kansas Senate and House legislatures rejected efforts to roll back and delay the RPS, reports Foster.

But now, five term House Rep Scott Schwab faces a primary challenge from John Wilson, a former Libertarian now running against him in the Republican primary on August 5, who says he would have voted to repeal the RPS.  

The Lawrence Journal-World,  reports that the Chamber of Commerce is also targeting Republicans Rep. Russ Jennings of Lakin, Rep Tom Sloan of Lawrence and Rep. Kent Thompson of Iola for "refusing to vote against renewable energy."

These battles to roll back, delay or redefine state Renewable Portfolio Standards are going on across the nation. Last week I reported efforts in Michigan to redefine "Petcoke" a waste product of tar sand production as a renewable feul. John Kasich of Ohio was reported set to sign a two year delay of their RPS. (Update: anastasia p tells us Kasich signed this delay so it is a done deal.) State RPS goals have been important drivers of early progress in solar and wind projects helping to bring their costs down the learning curve.

The fossil fuel industry and utilities see this progress as a real threat to their legacy investments in coal and fossiol fuel fired energy production. We must educate ourselves and push back against these attempts to block progress in renewable energy and reducing the burning of fossil fuels which is driving global warming.

3:32 PM PT: Thanks to anastasia p who tells us that Governor Kasich has signed the Ohio RPS delay:

Correction: Kasich is NOT "reported set to sign" the two-year freeze of the standards. It's a done deal. He snuck his signature on SB 310 last Friday afternoon into the weekend news dump. We are furious here in Ohio, and hoping — since Ohio is the first state to do this and clearly a test market for other states — the environmental groups will have the good sense to invest in Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald who had made it clear he would have vetoed SB 310. Because there is already a bill circulating in the Ohio legislature for sponsors that would repeal the renewable energy standards permanently and if Kasich is re-elected, he WILL sign it.

This is what I'm trying to alert people to. There is a behind the scenes assault on state RPS standards. It sounds like a conspiracy theory but it is really happening. Thanks anatasia p. If readers know of any other efforts in other states please let us know.


Originally posted to HoundDog on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 02:48 PM PDT.

Also republished by Kosowatt, Climate Hawks, and PostHuffPost: Connection-Conversation-Community .

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  •  Tip Jar (27+ / 0-)

    Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

    by HoundDog on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 02:48:14 PM PDT

  •  THOSE CORK SORKERS! n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    •  You would think (0+ / 0-)

      that the koch brothers would give a $hit about our air quality at least for the sake of their great grandchildren.

      What good would mega-billion$ of dollars be to their succeeding generations if they can't breathe fresh air?!?

      Perhaps it's just a contest to see how much cash the koch boys can amass?

      They are reprehensible, no matter how you look at it!

      99% OF THE REPUBLICANS MAKE THE REST LOOK BAD

      by BarryWolk on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 07:07:22 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Economically, Keeping The Carbon Unburned (6+ / 0-)

    is the equivalent of defeating that economic sector in a war. We can't be surprised that they're attacking civilization with an analogous commensurate response.

    And we can't expect any less.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 03:02:28 PM PDT

    •  Don't agree (6+ / 0-)

      For those people, it's a blip in their portfolio. That energy sector is loosing jobs anyway so it isn't about workers – it's about owners. The weirdest thing i learned this week in writing about Kasich signing  SB 310 is that Timken Corp (a huge GOP donor) was in favor of it because renewable energy standards cost them about $1 million a year — but they benefit to the tune of  tens of millions. So it's really all ideology in the end.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

      by anastasia p on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 03:26:41 PM PDT

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      •  unproduced assets are not a blip. (0+ / 0-)

        They're money in the ground, that the fossil fools will protect as surely as you'd protect a bag of money under your bed.

        It's not even about ideology: it's about money and the power that money buys.  

        Bottom line: we have to zero out that item on their balance sheet, one way or another.

        We got the future back. Uh-oh.

        by G2geek on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 09:21:59 PM PDT

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  •  Correction: Kasich is NOT "reported set to sign" (7+ / 0-)

    the two-year freeze of the standards. It's a done deal. He snuck his signature on SB 310 last Friday afternoon into the weekend news dump. We are furious here in Ohio, and hoping — since Ohio is the first state to do this and clearly a test market for other states — the environmental groups will have the good sense to invest in Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald who had made it clear he would have vetoed SB 310. Because there is already a bill circulating in the Ohio legislature for sponsors that would repeal the renewable energy standards permanently and if Kasich is re-elected, he WILL sign it.

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

    by anastasia p on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 03:24:36 PM PDT

    •  Thanks, I'll make the correction. (3+ / 0-)
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      What an outrage and a shame.

      Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

      by HoundDog on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 03:26:38 PM PDT

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  •  Excellent post, HD. New info for me, plus... (2+ / 0-)
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    love the graphics again.

    I share a birthday with John Lennon and Bo Obama.

    by peacestpete on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 03:29:35 PM PDT

  •   Bill Kochs busted by Palm Beach zoning (4+ / 0-)
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    For a illegal fence on his beachfront  property ,proving that  billionaire has too abide the law ,just as the common folks

    •  Bill isn't the boogeyman his brothers are (2+ / 0-)
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      he's the soft squishy liberal according to the author of the new book about the brothers Koch. And a millio0naire but not realloy that richey rich aftyer wahging legal wars, he claims his brothers cheated him in the division of the family business, by fiddling royalties...snap quiz: who is right here...?

      clue: he lost, again and again. Think of the legal buills for years of this tussle.
       Boys will be boys.

      But the dad, the granddad, and the two brothers are Satan's Ilk.

      OTOH I am not real thrilled to see their faces on that (subtext: wanted dead or undead) Wanted Poster...that is stochastic terrorism just as if we saw PBO and HRC"s picture on the inevitable Wanted posters...we're not shooting...yet.

      They are, but we aren't.

      I'm just saying'....but on another level...I, well...

      but good diary MrDog, thanks for it and for keeping the gumbo hot and stirred up.

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 04:06:49 PM PDT

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      •  Does the poster say that Kenbee? I didn't see that (2+ / 0-)
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        but I have to admit without my reading classes I can not reading the fine print lines that well. I can take that down. I was just looking for Koch graphics related to the environment, but I am totally opposed to all violence or implications.

        Thanks for calling this to my attention. Even though the poster doesn't say that, if that is the implication you got from it I'll replace it.  Thanks.

        Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

        by HoundDog on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 05:24:16 PM PDT

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      •  Wanted posters are a good tactic as long as... (2+ / 0-)
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        ... nothing in them can be construed to mean "kill these bastards."  

        Not that we don't want these bastards dead, but we should want them arrested, tried, convicted, and locked up first, so when they finally drop dead it's of natural causes and behind bars.  Then we can dance on their graves without supporting murder.

        Stick to standard LE wording and it should be OK.  

        We got the future back. Uh-oh.

        by G2geek on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 09:25:18 PM PDT

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        •  I disagree..people make their own contructions (0+ / 0-)

          and nothing says dead or alive like this...ymmv..hey, wot the hell, this was your construction here at dkos, the stochastic terrorism, exactly what this is imho. minor, but still, we'd have a fit if we saw dems on one, and regularly do for all those reasons and more.

          This machine kills Fascists.

          by KenBee on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 10:13:28 PM PDT

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  •  Koch Industries will stop at nothing ... (6+ / 0-)

    to continue killing this planet. Their co-conspirators are equally diabolical.


    I think clowns wear makeup just to get my attention. Actually, I’m more of the big shoe type.

    by glb3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 03:37:31 PM PDT

    •  At this point I think they just want to prove they (4+ / 0-)
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      can do anything they want because of their vast piles of money.  If they lose a case or decision or law, shovel more money at the issue and win the next time.  They just have to win once.  The environment has to win each and every time.

      •  as with terrorists. (2+ / 0-)
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        LE & the USIC have to win every single time.  Al Qaeda et.al. only have to be right once, to kill us in large numbers.

        The Kochroaches and their ilk are all about power.  Unlimited exercise of their will, which means unlimited imposition of their will upon others.  

        We got the future back. Uh-oh.

        by G2geek on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 09:35:29 PM PDT

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  •  Call me naive (1+ / 0-)
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    but why can't/won't Republican state legislators like Schwab deliberately, aggressively ally themselves with Dems on stuff like this and gain the love and adulation of their voters (okay, that's probably a slight exaggeration) for standing with their state/constituents against RICH OUTSIDERS.

    I apologize in advance for my profane political incorrectness, but how can this guy have any self-respect if everyone knows he's the Koch brothers' bitch?

    I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. - Oscar Wilde

    by penelope pnortney on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 08:29:18 PM PDT

  •  Excellent diary, HoundDog (0+ / 0-)

    I strongly suspect that the secret meeting held by the Koch brothers in Orange County last weekend had a lot to do with President Obama's Executive Order regarding carbon emissions.

    What Were Rubio and McConnell Plotting in Secret With the Koch Brothers?

    This was followed on Wednesday by another diary:

    White House to Republican senators floating shutdown threat: Don't even think about it

    in which  TPM's Sahil Kapur was quoted:

    The White House fired a warning shot to Republican senators on Wednesday after several of them expressed interest in using a must-pass government funding bill to block the Obama administration's environmental regulations.
    and this:
    GOP Sen. James Inhofe on the Obama administration pollution regulations and a government shutdown: "I would do anything to block it, including that."
    I'm not sure if Inhofe was at that secret meeting or whether he heard about it subsequently but I'm betting he was repeating the orders that were handed out to the GOP by the Koch brothers at that meeting.

    Please note that lamps in the MAGIC LAMP EMPORIUM are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

    by Mopshell on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 06:13:14 AM PDT

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