States? battles over energy grows fiercer with US in a policy gridlock
Margaret Thomas and Reid Nelson gather on the South steps of the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. to support a coalition of health, religious, rural development and environmental groups opposing coal-fired power plants. Utility executives in Kansas were shocked last fall when a state environmental official rejected two coal-fired power plants because of the millions of tons of carbon-dioxide emissions they could produce. In a state where coal generates 73 percent of the electricity, the pro-coal forces were unable to work their will.