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Wind industry influenced DOE report

By Juliet Eilperin

Climate-change skeptics are crowing over the fact that the American Wind Energy Association and left-leaning groups including the Union of Concerned Scientists and Center for American Progress helped the Energy Department respond to a conservative Spanish study questioning the economic contribution of the wind industry in Spain.

The Chicago Tribune first reported the connection, which came to light after the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute gave the paper the results of its Freedom of Information Act request.

The controversy centers on the Aug. 1 white paper, "National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Response to the Report 'Study of the Effects on the Employment of Public Aid to Renewable Energy Sources' from King Juan Carlos University (Spain)."

Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), ranking member on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, released a statement attacking the administration in light of the revelations.

"Simple, direct questions deserve simple, direct answers, but it seems that Department of Energy officials are more concerned about how to spin my questions than how to answer them," he said. "I'm not surprised that DOE is uncomfortable with these questions, since it appears the agency relied on special interest assistance to write this federally-funded report."


Juliet Eilperin

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Indiana Power and Light just canceled a wind turbine project with EDF in Minnesota. Seems there wasn't enough government subsidy and the project never made economic (or carbon) sense anyway.

Germany and Norway have both determined that wind farms actually increase the amount of CO2 released, cost lots of money to build, produce little or no net energy benefit. They also kill lots of birds and bats and annoy neighbors while spoiling lots of scenery.

All of these will be shut down when the last government dollar is spent, except for a few isolated cases where intermittent power is used because they don't have access to the grid.

Like most of the AGW warmist projects, they make no sense and can be done only with massive tax payer subsidies. Like fuel from corn, they cost more in fossil fuels, money, and environmental damage than just burning the fossil fuel to start with.

Follow the money and you understand it all. No Government money, no windmills.

Posted by: AGWsceptic99 | March 16, 2010 1:57 AM
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