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blowing-taxpayer-moneyWashington Times:

Uncle Sam doesn’t need to do a lot to fill the pockets of favored industries. President Obama has made it clear that he wants any company that claims to be “green” to succeed in the marketplace. So the Internal Revenue Service made a quiet adjustment to the wind production tax credit, delivering a $545 million advantage to the windmill industry.

Wind turbines are better at killing birds and bats than producing power, yet politicians have made them the focal point for financial support in the name of creating jobs. Since the early 1990s, presidents of both parties have shoveled over $24 billion in taxpayer dollars into windmills, claiming it’s the wave of a renewable future. Wind power, however, only works when Mother Nature cooperates. Thanks to their inherent inefficiency, windmills suck up $52 in subsidies for every million watt-hours generated, while subsidies for generating the same amount of electricity from nuclear, hydropower and coal are substantially cheaper. In fact, generating 1 million watts of power from coal and natural gas cost about 63 cents nearly 100 times less than wind.

Unfortunately for American taxpayers, the president and his team continue to argue that America has “fallen behind” Europe and China when it comes to renewable energy and demand taxpayers must play a costly game of catch up. Looking at the results of the European experiment with wind and other power sources, it would be prudent to stop playing this game.Scissors-32x32.png

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