Protecting the Environment

Kansas Democrats support a healthy environment. The health of Kansans is intertwined with the quality of our water, air, and soil. Incentives should be offered to assist farmers, industries, and municipalities as they adopt more environmentally-friendly practices. We support environmental policies and long range planning that will enhance, rather than diminish, the natural assets we pass on to our children and grandchildren.

Kansas Democrats acknowledge the scientific consensus that human activities are contributing to unprecedented changes in the climate of our planet. This climate change poses a very real danger to our state’s residents and economy. Kansas Democrats support action to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, through the use of alternative fuels and increased energy conservation and efficiency.

Kansas Democrats assign a high priority to cleaning up our rivers and streams, reducing the pollutants in the air, protecting ground water from depletion and pollutants, preserving biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and addressing climate change. We need policies and investments that will keep Kansas public lands public, strengthen protections for our natural and cultural resources, increase access to parks and public lands for all, protect native species and wildlife, and harness the immense economic and social potential of our public lands and waters.

The depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer and other water sources as well as the silting of Kansas reservoirs are critical problems for the future development in Kansas. Kansas needs a long-term strategy for coming to grips with this problem of resource depletion. We support educating the public on water conservation.

Kansas Democrats oppose unregulated hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). We demand full transparency on the chemicals injected underground. Fossil fuel companies must be able to guarantee their operations will not disrupt or pollute vital groundwater and aquifers, and that injection and waste disposal operations will not cause earthquakes.

Kansas Democratic Party Platform
Edited for length; for full text, go to https://kansasdems.org/platform/
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