Environment

How the U.S. House spending bill targets 4 local plans for oil and gas leasing, mining

BY: - September 14, 2021

Proposals targeting specific areas for conservation in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and federal waters off Louisiana’s coast made their way into the gigantic budget reconciliation bill that Democrats are moving through Congress. The portion of the $3.5 trillion package approved on a party-line vote by the House Natural Resources Committee last week includes nationwide measures […]

Agriculture section of U.S. House spending bill centers on climate change, research

BY: - September 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Agriculture Committee on Monday finished marking up its section of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The agriculture portion would provide funding for historically Black land grant colleges and investments in urban agriculture, along with boosting U.S. Department of Agriculture programs to address climate change threats in farming. The $66 billion […]

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt joined a dozen other attorneys general in support of a lawsuit challenging a federal law limiting direct and indirect use of COVID-19 stimulus funding to reduce state taxes. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

AG says winter natural gas price spikes ‘appear to violate Kansas law,’ seeks help for investigation

BY: - September 13, 2021

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office is seeking outside legal help to investigate huge spikes in natural gas prices this winter, signaling the state could consider suing over the disaster. Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office announced in a news release Monday that it planned to hire a law firm with expertise in the natural gas market […]

Four big climate change items in the reconciliation bill in Congress

BY: - September 12, 2021

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee late Thursday approved its first piece of Democrats’ sweeping $3.5 trillion spending blueprint on a party-line 24-13 vote. Among the highest priorities for President Joe Biden in the plan was addressing climate change, and the panel included initiatives ranging from oil and gas reform to offshore wind ventures. The […]

Kansas regulators opt against subpoena in investigation of natural gas price spikes

BY: - September 9, 2021

Kansas energy regulators will not issue a subpoena in what attorneys representing large-scale natural gas customers hoped would be an investigation into potential price-gouging during a devastating February storm. The Kansas Corporation Commission decided unanimously on Thursday not to subpoena S&P Global Platts Gas Daily, denying a motion from industrial groups alleging “overwhelming circumstantial evidence […]

White House seeks at least $24B to aid states struck by hurricanes, wildfires

BY: - September 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is urging Congress to approve at least $24 billion — and likely more — for disaster relief costs, saying that the aid should be included in a short-term spending bill expected this month. That tally includes $14 billion for recovery costs related to extreme weather events including hurricanes, floods and wildfires during […]

OPINION

Who got rich from February’s cold wave? We may never know.

BY: - September 5, 2021

When the historic cold came stealing around Valentine’s Day, there were two things I knew for certain. The first was that the kitchen pipes in our 120-year-old house in central Emporia were likely to freeze. The second was that consumers would be footing the bill for the most predictable economic disaster ever. It was the […]

OPINION

Audio Astra: Experts on Kansas tax incentives, wildlife earn our ears with authority, details

BY: - September 3, 2021

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. The cast of scientists, doctors, academics and other experts in my playlist this week is staggering. I hope you join me in rewarding the […]

Judge tosses lawsuit backed by Kansas AG challenging Biden’s ‘social cost of carbon’ calculation

BY: - September 1, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A federal judge found a group of Republican attorneys general lacked the standing to sue President Joe Biden’s administration for taking steps to consider the “social cost of carbon” in federal regulations. The suit, supported by officials in 13 states, was led by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who is running […]

Maj. Gen. David Weishaar, the Kansas adjutant general, said about 280 Air and Army members of the Kansas National Guard would deploy to Louisiana to support hurricane recovery efforts. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas National Guard troops deploy to Louisiana in wake of Hurricane Ida

BY: - September 1, 2021

About 280 Kansas National Guard airmen and soldiers are deploying with vehicles and equipment to aid Louisiana's hurricane recovery.

Kansas City suffers from severe urban heat. Research now underway might help leaders address it.

BY: - August 30, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The strain excessive heat was putting on the streets of Kansas City was obvious during a streak of days earlier this month when peak temperatures stayed above 90 degrees for days in a row. In and around downtown, volunteers with the Salvation Army handed out water bottles just after noon, hoping […]

Evergy’s Kansas customers with solar panels will get refund for unconstitutional fees

BY: - August 27, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Evergy customers with solar panels on their homes will get refunds in the coming weeks for the unconstitutional charges the electric utility required them to pay.  The Kansas Corporation Commission earlier this week approved an order modifying rates for Evergy’s customers on the Kansas side of the Kansas City metro, meant […]