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Remind me which party has the majority in the Senate again?


Washington TimesHot air still rules on Capitol Hill, where senators voted Tuesday to restore millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for windmills, in a signal that Congress is still eager to pick winners in the emerging renewable-energy sector.

A sizable number of Republicans joined most Democrats in backing the subsidy for research on wind energy which, while small in terms of dollars, is considered a major symbolic test of Congress’s commitment to having alternative energy sources be part of the mix, even if they aren’t economically viable on their own yet.

Because at times like this, I really can't remember.

Washington Times“This program is indispensable to the success of wind energy in the United States,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley, the Oregon Democrat who led the push to restore $15.4 million in funding for 2017, boosting the total wind energy subsidy in the energy spending bill to $95.4 million. “This is an evolving industry with great potential to assist us with clean energy, and moreover a program that can affect the economy of rural America.”

The fact is, if you have to subsidize something, it isn't a success. Windmills are not reliable producers of energy -- both because the wind doesn't always blow and because the windmills break down. That means you need much more backup capacity to ensure a steady supply of energy. And it means the windmills are not cost effective. Not even close.

This entry was published Thu Apr 28 11:48:49 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2016-04-28 11:48:49.0. [Tweet]

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