Is the wind industry entering panic mode? “…the absolute necessity of the Production Tax Credit to wind’s ‘competitiveness’ showcases just how thoroughly the industry is still operating based on rent-seeking rather than its own free-market merits after 20 years of government special treatment…” Without gubbermint subsidies, the wind industry would be gone with the you-know-what.

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Jayhawk46 December 15, 2012 at 7:43 am

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Sadly, my Senator is Dick Dirtbag (D-Illinois) I’ve sent him two letters now, and I get the same form letter back restating his position. The really bad news here is that this subsidy of the wind industry is driving our base load generators out of business. Thanks to the PTC, wind generators are able to sell their electricity for less than it costs them to make it and still make a tidy profit. Because of the half-a**ed way that deregulation was done, baseload generators are not allowed to simply cut back production (That’s deemed to be ‘price fixing’) and have to continue to produce full output, whether it is being used or not. There are days when they are not only giving power away, but actually have to pay people to take the power. We are slowly being turned into a banana republic where we’ll only have electricity when the wind is blowing.

RobertW December 15, 2012 at 10:12 am

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUd3LAFXt5g

email that to dick.

we need more real women voting! standing, with fists even!

whiskeyriver December 15, 2012 at 7:45 am

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I have two wind farms within 50 miles of my house and they do nothing for the local community. We can tap into this “green” power if we choose to, for a price.

If I wanted to take advantage of the power generated an additional $5 bucks would be added to my electric bill each month. Since nobody around here is willing to shell out an extra five on top of an already high electric bill, all the energy produced here goes to Arizona and Utah.

The only ones benefiting from the towers is the ranchers that allowed them to be built on their land. I need to ask one of the ranchers who has to pick up all the dead cranes, geese and ducks that migrate through the area every year.

RobertW December 15, 2012 at 10:17 am

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he’s too busy fore
manning with possible immigrants
?
i don’t know the man, do you have a beer with him of a friday night down at the local beer purveyors or just sit back on your haunches when he comes around?

just wondering

whiskeyriver December 16, 2012 at 10:28 am

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I’m not an immigrant…yet. That happens after New Years, when a New Mexico drivers license will no longer be an acceptable I.D. to board a plane go on a military base or enter most federal buildings. Ya’ll will have to learn Spanish since that will be the language I will be posting in after I become an non-citizen.

As for my rancher buddy, I called him on the phone. If he ain’t lying he claims he gets $5000 per year per windmill tower. Having 60 of them on his land means some serious change in his pocket each year.

danybhoy December 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm

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The problem that green energy companies have is that what they are selling ain’t reliable. Oil, coal, & nukes all work, wind & solar do not. Without the corrupt gov’t subsidies, they would go tits up. Green energy does’nt get you from point A to point B, it does’nt keep you warm in the winter or cool in the summer, & it does almost nothing for you when plug something into your wall socket. Until that changes, & when it does’nt cost 5 times what you pay now, green energy needs to be scrapped.

RobertW December 15, 2012 at 7:03 pm

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point of order danybhoy me lad

wind & solar we’d not have oil, coal and nukes if not for the Sun, and the wind, and the rain.
we did fine before, we can do fine again.
pressed olives came after farmin, and farmin always relied on the wind, rain, sun, etc.
ain’t nothing wrong with being a pastoralist.

whiskeyriver December 16, 2012 at 10:30 am

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Tell that to all the city folks, who don’t even have a clue as to where the beef and veggies on the store shelf come from.

RobertW December 16, 2012 at 11:27 am

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to say nothing of their distress over rabid dog’s being put down in the safest, fastest, and least dangerous manner possible. Oft times this means utilizing a firearm.
these are the type of ppl that don’t understand that some ppl are rabid, and need to be put down as well.

whiskeyriver December 16, 2012 at 10:34 am

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Without gooberment subsidies “green” companies would have never started in the first place. Windmills would cover 1/3rd of the state of New Mexico just to supply New Mexico with electricity. Since this state only has about 2 million in population can you imagine how many towers it would take to supply Los Angeles alone?

poppajoe49 December 16, 2012 at 4:45 am

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Not to worry, this will all blow over eventually.

danybhoy December 16, 2012 at 5:04 am

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Really?

Really?

really?

RRrreally?

poppajoe49 December 16, 2012 at 5:13 am

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Wind farm, blow over.

Get it?

flashingscotsman December 16, 2012 at 7:32 am

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The girlfriend of one of the guys on my crew at the Palm Springs Airport stopped by to have lunch with us. We managed to convince her that the wind generators at Windy Point were actually fans, put there by the government to help cool down the desert. You can even feel the breeze when they’re turned on.

RobertW December 16, 2012 at 7:41 am

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HA, i’m dyin’

whiskeyriver December 16, 2012 at 10:36 am

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LMOAO…That wouldn’t be a blonde joke would it?