Kansas Weatherman Politico Mike Thompson Pushes Back Against Renewable Energy

A political power play from the right-wing celeb should play well with his base.

In reality, the deets of boring zoning laws don't REALLY get voters fired up. 

Here's the sitch . . .

Kansas State Senator Mike Thompson said the bill is not about slowing renewables, but about transparency. “All I’m trying to do is make it so that (wind and solar developers) have to file something so that neighbors can kind of see what’s going on and understand it,” Thompson said. “Because obviously if you have a 500 or 600-foot turbine that’s going to be placed on your neighbor’s property but it’s 1,500 feet away from your house, which was happening quite a bit, there are health and safety concerns that you want a say over.”

Industry advocates say the bill is an example of government overreach, forcing zoning upon counties that have chosen not to be zoned.

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