Letters to the Editor

Wind energy should pay for itself

I read with interest the Sunday, November 17 article about disposing of spent windmill blades.

A typical fallacy was revealed as MidAmerica’s Geoff Greenwood states:

“Consumers will pay none of the wind costs, In fact ... MidAmerican has said the utility will receive about $10 billion in federal production tax credits for the investment, covering the capital costs needed to build the wind farms.”

Tax credits are funds that are not collected to run government. To say consumers will not pay is a lie. Consumers will pay through the tax bill they pay to make up for lost revenue of the tax credits. This pie-in-the-sky idea that money grows on trees and nobody pays is leading to a crisis for middle class taxpayers.

If the windmills were an efficient source of energy they would not require federal tax credits. The free market is a better way to distribute our wealth than politicians and lobbyists.

Clean energy should be developed at a pace that follows real clean technological progress rather than vote buying mandates that assume solutions will appear like magic from the politician’s pen.

Wind farm handouts should cease immediately. Just because we’ve come this far doesn’t mean we should continue on this wasteful path.

Fritz Groszkruger

Dumont

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