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U.S. – Big Subsidies for wind, solar don’t make sense

Kerri Houston Tolozcko — Common Wealth — November 13, 2013

SINCE COMING INTO office nearly six years ago, President Barack Obama has pushed America into charting a course toward energy independence that employs a portfolio that includes every possible fuel source. He calls it his all-of-the-above strategy.

What he really means is all of the energy located above ground. Under his leadership the federal government has shown a marked preference for experimental energy sources over those that come from fossil and nuclear fuel. There is nothing wrong per se with the wind and solar power the president prefers; it’s just that these fuels are not mature enough yet to generate the base load the American economy requires.

The Obama administration is moving to shut down coal, limit natural gas, and block exploration of new sources of oil at the same time it is heavily subsidizing the development of so-called alternative energy sources. Not only does this not make sense, it throws the costs of energy as experienced by the ratepayer, especially for wind power, all out of whack. S. Michael Holly, chairman of Sorgo Fuels and Chemicals, recently wrote: “Many US special interests are misrepresenting wind power costs, including the wind industry, environmental groups, utility monopolies, independent system operators, educational and research institutions, and even federal and state governments.”

Without heavy subsidies, wind power may not make much sense; it may not make much sense with subsides, either. Energy production and distribution needs to be cost-competitive, upstream as well as down in order for it to be a benefit to economic growth. Sinking hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in the form of loan guarantees into projects like Cape Wind, the off-shore wind farm developers want to construct in the waters off Cape Cod, is not in the long-term interests of ratepayers. Continue reading, here….

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4 Comments on “U.S. – Big Subsidies for wind, solar don’t make sense”

  1. justturnright November 21, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Could have told them this from the outset………

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