A national clean energy agenda was presented today at an Earthjustice energy forum featuring Kathleen Sebelius -- the gutsy governor of Kansas who battled powerful coal interests to lead her state into a sustainable energy future.
"What Governor Sebelius is doing for Kansas is what we hope the next president will do for America -- create a bold new course, away from our addiction to polluting fossil fuels and toward sustainable, job-creating, clean energy for all Americans, " said Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen.
The forum, "Out of Kansas -- A National Clean Energy Agenda," brought together some of the country's finest thinkers to discuss energy efficiency, sustainable energy alternatives such as wind and solar, the role of America in fighting climate change, and how to transition away from a carbon-based economy.
Governor Sebelius spoke about her 8-month battle to stop expansion of a coal plant near Holcomb, Kansas that would have poured out 11 million tons of greenhouse gases every year. The struggle made Sebelius nationally famous and set Kansas up as a national leader in the movement towards clean, sustainable energy sources.
The governor also set forth a variety of clean energy initiatives she has developed in collaboration with other governors who are acting in the absence of federal leadership.
"We are developing our own climate change strategy," said Sebelius.
After Governor Sebelius spoke, a panel of Colorado-based sustainable energy experts discussed what they believe should be the key elements of a new, national clean energy agenda.
The panelists included:
Terry Winckler, Earthjustice, (510) 637-9180