Climate change activists struggle for attention in Kansas

February 20, 2020 - 8:43 pm

So called environmentalists are struggling to get Kansas lawmakers to discuss climate change.

They're pushing the controversial issue in a state where energy production remains an important industry and some top lawmakers question the widespread scientific consensus that human activity is warming the planet. 

States like Virginia, Minnesota and California are setting goals for eventually getting all of their electricity from renewable resources, but Kansas proposals on energy efficiency and encouraging farmers to capture and store carbon dioxide have languished. 

House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins said lawmakers have other priorities, adding, “The planet goes in cycles, and it's a natural cycle."

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