Kansans for Affordable Energy
This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.
Kansans for Affordable Energy (KAE) was set up in mid-October, 2007 by a group of Kansas businessmen in reaction to the Kanasas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), denying the air quality permit for the two proposed 700-megawatt generators at the Sunflower Electric Power Corporation. 
The two local Garden City businessmen, Bob Kreutzer and John Doll, who formed the Kansans For Affordable Energy stated that they he hoped KAE could present "the rest of the story" when it comes to using coal as a base load energy supply for the area and nation. 
KAE's Controversial Ads and Coal Industry Financial Support
The KAE ran a series of print ads in early November, 2007 accusing Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of helping Iran, Venezuela and Russia.
“Why are these men smiling?” the full-page ad asks below photos of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Because the recent decision by the Sebelius Administration means Kansas will import more natural gas from countries like Russia, Venezuela and Iran,” the ad states. The ads were paid for by Sunflower Electric Power Corporation and Peabody Energy.  
Vic Svec, Peabody Energy’s senior vice president for investor relations and communications, defended the ads stating:
- “We are pleased to support the message behind Kansans for Affordable Energy, which is that we can choose inexpensive U.S. energy sources such as clean coal, or we can jeopardize our future from risky foreign sources. Experts agree that increased natural gas use will come from imports. The global energy markets are interconnected. Russia, Iran and Venezuela combined control nearly half of the world’s gas reserves… and do not have Kansas’ best interests at heart. To assume America can repeat the import philosophy on natural gas that it has pursued for decades in oil is to ignore the new political, economic and geologic realities of the world. We need all forms of energy, including America’s most abundant source.” 
- "KDHE Denies Sunflower Electric Air Quality Permit," Kansas Department of Health and Environment Press Release, 10/18/07
- Gwen Teitgen, "Locals see the missed opportunity," The Garden City Telegram, 10/19/07
- "Coal Industry Smears Kansas Governor As Ahmadinejad Booster For Denying Air Permit,"ThinkProgress, 11/7/07
- Scott Rothschild, "Coal plant supporters’ ad attacks governor," LJWorld.com, 11/6/07
- Andrew C. Revkin, "Kansas Governor Gets No Apology From Big Coal," New York Times, 11/8/07