May 31, 2011

Quick replies re recent pro-wind articles

Wind Farms Mean Money for Sherman County, Ore., New York Times

The article says that Oregon spent $11 million in tax credits per project. Federal tax credits amount to even more. What the people of Sherman County are getting is crumbs. Taxpayer funds could have been much more efficiently spent if the goal is to help rural communities.

Support windfarms? It would be less controversial to argue for blackouts (George Monbiot), Guardian

The ridiculous thing about wind - and the needless cost - is that you still have to have a complete grid besides to generate power when the wind isn't blowing just right. Wind is an additional cost. Wind is an additional impact.

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