Skip to comments.Other voices: Let the wind subsidy blow away
Posted on 01/08/2014 5:58:03 PM PST by TurboZamboni
In the early 1990s, with dreams of cheap and clean wind energy ascendant, Congress lavished a generous subsidy on power from the tall, twirling turbines. The wind industry responded, and since then has increased its installed generating capacity 30-fold.
For 20-plus years the subsidy has been intermittent, although not as unreliable as the winds that drive the turbines. The most recent authorization, a 2013 extension tucked into the federal budget deal that avoided the so-called fiscal cliff, expired Dec. 31. Applause, please, for our do-little Congress: What's known as the wind production tax credit has long outlived any public policy usefulness. Lawmakers now being urged by industry lobbyists to renew the subsidy retroactively instead should let it blow away.
We say this with no animus toward the bucolic concept of wind energy, whose clean-and-green image is to electrical generation what puppies and kittens are to the animal kingdom. Our concern is the reality of subsidized wind energy at a time when natural gas is more plentiful, and cheaper, than Washington could envision in the 1990s.
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I’m in favor of utility-scale wind for wind-rich areas where transmission infrastructure is available, as part of an overall energy solution. But the subsidy needs to go, and the industry knows it. Yet who will refuse “free money”? The industry in on track to achieve cost parity with other forms of generation through technology and innovation, so the subsidy isn’t needed for any business reason. It’s just political meddling in the private sector by the gubermint.
brave sir Chucky will save the wind pork
There’s certainly a bigger goal than the so called green energy. They want to destroy and impede any other forms of reliable energy. They’re stopping nuclear, closing or blocking coal, tearing out dams...
You really have to wonder what the real end game is. They’re doing things that will eventually cost lots of lives.
The end game is forced conservation. Easier to do once we’re all on the smart meter in our 700 square foot soviet-style apartments on the choo choo route to our job at the gubmint broom factory.
Its easier to eliminate a lot of elderly takers and call it an accident if its a week long black out in the heat of summer or a sub zero winter.
They want us to live in caves.
Agenda 21 is the end game and they've stated repeatedly that many must die to achieve it. Bill Ayers, that good pal of Obama, has set the genocide figure at 25 million Americans.
Maurice strong is the father of Agenda 21. He sees America with a quarter of the current population living in a couple of “sustainable cities” on the plains.
Are they selling chopped eagle by the pound?
Actually, it’s 325 square foot apartments ... NYC is prepared to have 700,000 of them built....nothing is too good for the unwashed masses.
Yes, I’ve been tracking Maurice Strong and his cohort for years now. What astonishes me is that they say publicly what they’re going to do, do it, and when you point those facts out to friends and family they call *you* paranoid. They refuse to examine the obvious.