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Burnout On The Rise | The Future Of Kansas Wind Energy

Wind turbines in a harvested corn field stand out against a grey and cloudy sky.
File: Amy Mayer
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Forty-one percent of the energy in Kansas is generated via wind turbines, one of the highest percentages in the country.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led workers to experience burnout at unprecedented rates, and a bill in the Kansas Senate aims to more strictly regulate the wind turbine industry.

Segment 1, beginning at 00:59: According to a recent survey, nearly 90% of respondents in more than 40 countries feel their work lives are getting worse during the pandemic.

More than 60% say they are experiencing burnout often or very often. The World Health Organization defines it as “a syndrome associated with chronic stress at work that goes unmanaged.” A psychiatrist explained what causes burnout and how to know if you are experiencing it.

  • Dr. Jessi Gold, psychiatrist and assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis

Segment 2, beginning at 26:46: Bill 279 is currently in front of the Senate Utilities Committee and has the support of committee chairman, Republican Senator Mike Thompson.

This would be the first bill of its kind in any state and could significantly stunt the growth of the $14 billion wind turbine industry in Kansas. This would be a reversal of support for an energy source that up to now had bipartisan backing.

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