Big Muddy rancher wrote:Wouldn't it actually be the Pro wind movement that would be fanning flames?
Good point, BMR. It would take wind to fan a flame, and I am anti-wind so that is a false accusation.
I have to get into this with a 'wise-aker (term used by my grandma Lucille to describe a mouthy kid!) comment. I'm "anti-wind" too, but I sure do like a light breeze when the summer sun is beating down on us.
Seriously, I do like the idea of wind power, but absolutely HATE the graft and 'guaranteed' profits some of the investors with good government connections seem to be getting. I am definitely against using government funding to experiment with the concept. Better the Warren Buffett types to fund such experimental things. They either could do it because it is the right thing to do with excess profits from other businesses, or as an investment and sell or benefit financially after costs have been met and the concepts proven to work and make a profit.
What I think may be best done first is to utilize simple passive solar heating in the proper climates for it. I have done that on a very small scale with south facing large windows on my house. They are shaded by the roof in summer, so no heat when we don't need it, but lots of it in fall, winter, and spring, and it sure feels good, and while we don't know that it cuts our heating costs, the furnace doesn't run as much on sunny days as on cloudy ones! Some sort of tax relief to encourage more of that type 'solar heat' might help cut use of those 'nasty' fossil fuels.
And yes, Soapweed, you did write a good comment on what is happening in your area, and aside from people who just plain disagree with you getting a little unreasonable, no one can make reasonable arguments against your comments, imo.