Is The Tide Turning Against Wind Power?
A SAB reader sent pictures of these billboards from Idaho:
Someone turned my home county (Power County, Idaho) into the wind capitol of Idaho. Actually there are several prominent local farmers that are taking full advantage the subsidies being given for wind development. They are doing this either by leasing ground and/or privately investing in the mills themselves. But around the county there are several of these signs. The web address is at the bottom of the signs. Aside from them being mildly amusing in their rhetoric they are good example of the fact that debate around the wind-power business model is gaining traction.
There’s also a documentary out, released earlier this year, that has been getting traction among critics of wind energy called Windfall.
The problem with anything the government forces on us, be it Obamacare or wind turbines, is that it’s going to breed resentment. If wind towers were something that had arisen strictly through the energy markets, because they’re profitable and they work, I don’t think there would be so much rancor about them. But when people see every spin of the turbines as costing them tax dollars? When it’s clear the turbines are being built to grab government subsidies and not serve a need in the market?
That makes people angry, as well it should.
I wonder when we’ll see this spread to North Dakota?Tags: green energy, wind power