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  • In the Green Room: Senator Lamar Alexander on the Wind Energy 'Scam'

    Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is the ranking Republican on the Appropriations subcommittee dealing with environmental issues. He is currently working to end subsidies for wind power, an energy source that he dubs “a scam.”

    “We don’t have the money” to continue the subsidies, Alexander told Heritage in our latest segment of In the Green Room. “It’s a puny amount of electricity,” he added, “and it’s destroying the environment in the name of saving the environment.”

    Alexander agreed that subsidies for other energy sectors should also be eliminated, but he stressed that renewable energy gets far more taxpayer support than its competitors in the fossil fuel and nuclear energy industries.

    “I think most people would be surprised to learn that Big Wind subsidies are even bigger than the subsidies that benefit oil directly,” Alexander said, echoing a point that Heritage has repeatedly stressed.

    Alexander also noted the importance of “do[ing] everything we can to find more North American oil and gas.”

    The interview runs about 3 minutes. Hosted by Lachlan Markay and produced by Brandon Stewart. For more videos from Heritage, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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    7 Responses to In the Green Room: Senator Lamar Alexander on the Wind Energy 'Scam'

    1. Bobbie says:

      and the bigger the subsidies promote non productivity, the more theft from tax payers and everyone that consumes energy. changing to alternatives by closing down productivity, leads right to crisis. dangerous intentional set-up when reasonable minds think to avoid crisis but omitted by those in authority (of no reason.)

      Mr. President is taking too much time when America wouldn't have stopped if he wasn't in the way!

    2. David says:

      Wind energy is viable without direct subsidies. The wind industry should have the same tax deductions as any other business. If they cannot carry out business successfully under these conditions, then they will quit. Let the free market decide whether wind is a viable source of energy. I strongly believe that it is, especially for wind farms off the East Coast and in the plains states. The US is now getting 10% of its electricity from renewables. There's nothing wrong with that.

      • chuck says:

        david, 10% if you include hydro

      • sgb1 says:

        The problem is that wind is variable, thus requiring a gas plant of equal size to provide power when the wind is down. Billions must then be spent on electric lines to take the variable and unpredictable wind power to the consumer. I suppose that it will be someday practical but it is not right now. When you spend more energy to produce and to distributeTthe power, something is wrong with the picture.

      • vito says:

        about 1% to 2% from wind and solar

    3. Lloyd Scallan says:

      The entire "green movement' is nothing but a scam, designed by radical leftist environmentalist, who in real life are anarchiist, left over from the 60's. The difference today is now one of their own is in the White House.

    4. Randy Dutton says:

      "Current O&M costs for wind power are far higher than originally projected, with the average values of all O&M costs being roughly $0.027/kWh (as Wind Energy Update’s O&M 2011 Report survey states). Now that many of North America’s turbines are soon approaching their end of warranty, wind farm operators whose post warranty operations are found to be lacking in reliability can boost energy efficiency and cost effectiveness through retrofitting and repowering." — UK WindEnergyUpdate newsletter.

      Now consider the O&M cost based upon label plate capacity then divide by a 30% efficiency factor and get a $0.09/kWh just for maintenance! I only pay $0.079/kWh retail for power but then most of ours comes from hydro.

      Some think wind turbines are clean energy. They aren't when you consider the toxic emissions China dumps into the environment when mining and refining of rare earth elements. As I wrote in The Carbon Trap, the first ecopolitical thriller that describes mankind's efforts to control CO2 going awry and threatening all life on Earth, progressives don't consider the scientific or economic consequences of their actions.

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