It Would Be Nice To See THIS Happen.

The wind power industry has been the beneficiary of MASSIVE amounts of taxpayer subsidies that have next to ZERO benefit to the nation.

Time to put it on the scrap heap of history. Since we have gutless wonders in the House, don’t hold your breath. From The Daily Caller.com

 

102 conservative groups target wind power subsidies.

4:37 PM  11/05/2013  by Michael Bastasch

Federally-subsidized BIRD SLAUGHTER. About ALL we have to show for this boondoggle. WHERE is The Audubon Society????

Damn bird-killers belong HERE, along WITH the federal subsidies, and those who SUPPORT such nonsense.

A coalition of 102 conservative groups are pressing Congress to end federal  subsidies to the wind power industry, arguing that 20 years of taxpayer support  has yielded no benefit.

“The principal federal support for the wind energy industry is scheduled to  expire at the end of this year,” reads the letter from the conservative groups led by  Americans for Prosperity. “The undersigned organizations and the millions of  Americans we represent stand opposed to extending the production tax credit  (PTC).”

The federal Wind Production Tax Credit was extended until the end of 2013 as  part of last year’s deal to avoid government spending cuts and sharp tax  increases. The extension split Republicans, pitting lawmakers from wind states  against those from non-wind states.

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley has been a strong proponent of keeping in  place taxpayer subsidies for wind power, but has  also supported phasing out the subsidies over time so the industry can become  self-sufficient.

“Continued investment in  wind-energy production emphasizes the value and success of the federal  production tax credit,” Grassley said. “Wind energy has proven that it’s a  force in America’s energy supply, providing clean, renewable, and home-grown  power. Wind energy comes from local farms, it’s for local customers and, most  often, it adds investment value to local communities.”

However, wind power has been receiving subsidies since 1992, according to  conservatives, with little to show.

“The wind industry has very little to show after 20 years of preferential tax  treatment; it remains woefully dependent on this federal support,” wrote  conservative groups, including the American Energy Alliance, FreedomWorks and  the R Street Institute. “Yet despite this consistent under-performance, Congress  has repeatedly voted to extend the PTC, usually in 1- or 2-year increments.”

According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, the wind PTC extension will  cost $12 billion. As the expiration date for the tax benefit’s expiration comes  closer lobbying on the credit has intensified

In October, the Western Governor’s Association sent lawmakers a letter urging them to relax the definition of  which wind projects qualify for subsidies. The governors wanted to extend  subsidies to projects under  construction rather than  those already generating power.

“Changing the [PTC] to a ‘commence construction’ standard would allow these  industries to make full and effective use of the 30 percent investment tax  credit for the duration of its existing authorization… and will allow them to  attract further investment — driving industry and job growth in our states,”  reads the governors’ letter to Congress.

In contrast, conservative groups are ramping up their campaign to end the  wind subsidy, asking ten lawmakers to sign a letter being circulated by Kansas  Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo opposing the wind PTC’s extension.

“The people we’re focusing on right now are not the low-hanging fruit and  they’re not the people that we’re not going to get,” Christine Harbin Hanson,  federal affairs manager of Americans for Prosperity, told Politico. “We’re reaching for the  middle.”

AFP’s ad campaign is in addition to the letter signed by more than 100 other  conservative groups that went out on Tuesday.

“This year, Congress should break from the past and allow the wind PTC to  expire as scheduled, once and for all. Americans deserve energy solutions that  can make it on their own in the marketplace—not ones that need to be propped up  by government indefinitely,” the letter adds.

Wind turbines are also responsible 888,000 bat and 573,000 bird  fatalities per year, according to research. However, wind companies have not been prosecuted for the mass  killing of birds, which is against federal law.

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Just figures a RINO asshat like Grassley would be STILL pushing for this crap.

Nation is BROKE, if these wind farms were so PROFITABLE, WHY doesn’t the utilities who stand to benefit the MOST put up the funding to build the damn things?

Part of the answer lies with the fascist Regime of Obama. Pour in federal money to EVERYTHING, with the strings attached, when the time comes, then THEY control it.

I get that Grassley thinks his “job” is to “bring home the bacon for Iowa”, but there are ENOUGH pigs there already.

Chuck, let this program die the death it DESERVES. 25 YEARS, with democrat brains (read zero) to show for it? If this were the private sector, where this shit belongs, Senator, YOU would FIRED. And rightfully so.

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Clyde

 

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14 Responses to It Would Be Nice To See THIS Happen.

  1. Thank You, Asshat Willie Wanker Clinton~!

  2. Buck says:

    Yeah, if they’re so profitable then why do they still have to be subsidized?

  3. Garnet92 says:

    Another goodie, Clyde! Any kind of “green” projects ought to be viewed as any commercial startup. While it might be wise to subsidize a startup wind farm or solar farm on the off-chance that it might turn out to be viable, after a few years, if it can’t operate at a profit for its investors, time to cut it off and find another way. I’m going to try and include a 29 second video of a wind mill self-destructing here:
    http://www.wimp.com/windmillstorm/
    If you can make it a clickable link or if you want to use it otherwise, please do so.

    • Clyde says:

      Garnet, that link works just fine. Thanks for the great comment, and that video. THAT is going in the SAVE pile.

      • Garnet92 says:

        There’s another problem with both wind and solar – they’re not reliable. There are times when the wind dies down or a thunderstorm’s clouds block the sun and the solar farms don’t produce.

        The thing that people forget is that there must be coal or gas-powered plants idling away in the background so that they can take up the slack if/when one of the green sources fall short. There will always be those plants running because we need the ability to instantaneously switch to another source during a drop by a wind farm, etc. Either that, or we suffer brownouts when wind or solar fail for an extended period of time.

        Imagine a solar farm if Mt. St. Helens erupts again and ash clouds prevent the sun from reaching some solar panels for hours, even days. Without a coal or gas plant running at idle, some of us would be without power for awhile – it takes some time for a plant to start up and get back on stream. I just don’t think that wind is dependable enough and solar isn’t ready for prime time yet.

  4. CW says:

    By design, there are too many of these spending boondoggles to fight. They’re like the computer-generated Orcs in the Lord of the Rings movies. No matter how many you kill they just keep multiplying.

    We MUST find a way to cut the power of the spending at the source, or we stand no chance of doing any good even if we can stop an occaisional boondoggle now and then.

    • Clyde says:

      The ONLY way to do THAT is by forming a NEW party. After the debacle in Virginia, the goddamned RNC GOP, whatever, has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that ANYTHING remotely close to a conservative simply is NOT welcome. Thanks, CW.

  5. Kathy says:

    Another prime example of why the government should not be in the savings and loan business. Everything they touch turns to crap and costs us money.

  6. Hardnox says:

    On a recent run to central PA to deliver some horses I had the occasion to view some wind turbines up close. I happened upon the crew that was maintaining them. The crew informed me that they were hooked-up to NOTHING because there wasn’t enough wind to turn them thus no power to transmit. This was another one of those John Murtha boondoggles that we paid for. I wonder how many other turbines there are around the country that are hooked-up to nothing.

    • Clyde says:

      Bet the farm there are MANY of them hooked-up to nothing. Can’t figure out HOW they would turn wind turbines in Pennsylvania, because New York SUCKS. Thus, a “wind vacuum” if you will.