sustainable development in Kansas? where?

Its always fun to see the kind of bills that make their way into state Legislatures. State gov’t is the place where batshit meets crazy, and no one can spur glorious outrage like local lawmakers.

To wit: In the Kansas Legislature, there is a bill that seeks to ban the use of all state and municipal funds for “development in which resource use aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come.”

Did you read that? Somebody wants to make that ILLEGAL.

In Kansas, apparently, the only consideration worth spending money on regarding resource development is that which meets the needs of …NOW…NOW….NOW!

I guess I never thought anyone would have to write this, but planning for the needs of future generations is necessary for the survival of future generations. We all want that, right? Is there dispute on whether future generations should have available resources?

The bill was brought to the committee by Bill Hedke, Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Environment who also happens to be a contract geophysicist for the oil and gas industry in the state. Imagine the odds.

Bloomberg is on the story of how this will impact future sustainable and renewable development:

Hedke said House Bill No. 2366 shouldn’t affect the wind industry, because Kansas already doesn’t support wind development with public funds. In fact, he says, “we don’t have laws in Kansas right now that relate to sustainable development.” It’s more about preventing sustainable development in the future.

Good thinking, Kansas representative Bill Hedke.


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