Let’s Be Happy North Dakota’s Wind Jobs Are Going To Brazil

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In what is no doubt a bid to evoke sympathy, and promote support for continuing subsidies for wind power, the Grand Forks-based manufacturer which produces blades for wind power turbines which recently announced that they were laying off 300 workers has now announced that they’ll be moving those jobs to Brazil.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – A wind turbine blade manufacturer that said last week it is laying off 300 workers in Grand Forks has now announced it is creating 300 jobs at a new factory in Brazil.

LM Wind Power says the Brazil plant will deliver blades to wind farms throughout South America starting in about a year.

The Danish company tells the Grand Forks Herald that the moves are a response to strong growth in wind power development in South America and a weakening of the industry in the United States.

Weakening of the industry in the form of the wind power production tax credit coming to an end later this year. The article cites the wind energy as projecting a 70% decline in demand for wind power should the tax credit end.

Rather than mourning the loss of jobs in an industry that can only survive as long as the tax payers are subsidizing it, we should be happy the subsidies are ending. We shouldn’t want industry that exists to serve government demand. We should want industry that provides goods/services the public can actually use, which wind power is not.

The existence of an extremely expensive (even after subsidies) energy source that is so unreliable it must be backed up with more traditional forms of energy any way (coal/natural gas) is of no use to American taxpayers. In fact, it’s very detrimental to Americans, as the cost of integrating wind into our power grids to meet government demand created by subsidies/mandates is driving up the cost of energy. Put simply, wind energy is making the cost of living higher.

In a free market, industry profits by producing something other people want. With wind energy, it’s being produced to score subsidies from the government.

If the government of Brazil is foolish enough to make that deal with the wind industry let them. Let us say good riddance here in America.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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