Energy is the 800-pound gorilla in the room. Without an intelligent domestic energy infrastructure, our country is set up for failure.
As Kansans, we need to invest in a patchwork solution and abandon the notion that one energy source will meet our demands indefinitely. It is critical to consider every option before us in determining how to responsibly generate power and prosperity, and incorporate the potential of our economy.
We have highly-skilled engineers and tradesmen in Wichita who can build new turbines, and new economies. The "wind cowboys" (and cowgirls) being trained at our state's technical schools can service and maintain the fields of windmills in western Kansas. The farmers of our state will reap the rewards of land leases that pay for these natural power plants in the short term. Cities like Greensburg, KS, prove there is a smarter and more efficient way forward.
And we are not even close to fulfilling our potential. Kansas has the second-highest wind potential of any state in the country. We are not farther along this path already because senators like Pat Roberts subscribe to the notion that simply saying "NO" to a bill is the same thing as having a solution to a problem.
As Shawnee County District Attorney, I set aside political differences in order to accomplish goals and serve the needs of the public. The last thing Kansans need are ideologues who adhere to political philosophy over practical solutions.