Letter: Why subsidize wind when natural gas is so cheap?The Forum editorial printed in Wednesday’s Republican Eagle states a few examples of what will result if federal tax credits for renewable energy are not extended.
By: Catherine Huisman, The Republican Eagle
To the Editor:
The Forum editorial printed in Wednesday’s Republican Eagle states a few examples of what will result if federal tax credits for renewable energy are not extended.
What is being subsidized? Wind (energy) cannot exist on its own, it cannot provide for our energy needs, and requires backup from fossil fuel facilities.
Wind utilizes greater acreage than other, energy sources; turbines slaughter beneficial birds and bats.
Many jobs wind provides are temporary and or outside our country.
Turbines cause health problems for people living in surrounding areas.
The editorial states “businesses cannot plan in this climate of uncertainty” – yet uncertainty is exactly what the wind industry provides business and living communities. Production is erratic, sometime inadequate, costs are uncertain (as they require more tax dollars to survive and maintain) and we are unable to calculate the cost when predators are lost and environments suffer.
Turbines decrease property values, disrupt terrain with intrusive amounts of cement and steel.
Turbines provide potential hazard of fire when if they catch fire and/or are struck by lightning. There is potential interference with radar and radio signals used in security systems.
Where and when are wind turbines “clean energy” but in the minds of those promoting this farce?
One of the most obvious reasons not to extend subsidies, as the editorial states, is “the availability of inexpensive natural gas to generate electricity at rates that make wind-generated power less competitive”
Why should we/would we continue to subsidize something only to make it more affordable when something better is less expensive, and can work without subsidy?
And why is “damage has been done because of the dilly-dallying in Congress over the tax credit” not seen as some standing strong in defense of respect for citizen dollars?
As far as rural economies taking a hit, they have taken a hit! With restrictions to exploring and utilizing our natural resources instead of throwing good money after the ill wind that flows from turbines.
I for one appreciate this “grid lock” in Washington, it is a sign that something is being done right.