Clean energy future is at risk

  • Article by: KEN BRADLEY and AARON PETERSON
  • Updated: November 27, 2012 - 8:45 PM

Minnesota delegation must act to continue the state's progress.

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alanmullerNov. 27, 12 9:15 PM

This is actually a bit misleading. Yes, a production tax credit for wind and solar makes sense. But one for garbage incineration, "biomass" burning and other dirtier-than-coal "renewables" does not. The wing industry has given up the moral high ground with its dishonorable alliance with the dirty burner people. Almost nobody, including the authors of this piece, discloses that the tax credits they are promoting also apply to these "dirty renewables." How about a little more candor, guys?

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arspartzNov. 27, 12 9:34 PM

"the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit, which will both expire at the end of this year if Congress does not act." I thought letting corporate welfare expire was a good thing...

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gophfan10101Nov. 28, 12 5:36 AM

arspartz- Corporate welfare is only good if it ends up in the pockets of Democratic backers. Where have you been?

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Jakein08Nov. 28, 12 6:27 AM

Take the 40 billion we give to the oil industry and use it to promote and subsidize clean energy sources. Simple, get it done. Exon Mobile made more money last year than any company in history! they do not need to be subsidized, time for some common sense in our enrgy policies.

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bigbadbeanNov. 28, 12 7:59 AM

Clean energy? Call it what it is: Alternative energy. And, it is nothing more than a feel-good measure to appease liberals and award tax dollars to large liberal contributors to democrats.

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swmnguyNov. 28, 12 8:14 AM

I don't think anybody serious maintains that wind and solar can replace coal and gas. But when the wind is blowing and the sun is shining, why not use it? There are plenty of still days, cloudy days, and night-time to burn coal and gas. Why burn coal and gas to cool your house on a hot sunny day, when you could be using the same sun that's heating your house to power your air conditioner?

People using the cost argument forget that costs are relative and elastic. It costs a lot to drill for gas, and to mine coal. We don't pay all those costs directly in the price of the product, though. Once you put up solar panels, you're done paying. All it takes is a good round of electric rate hikes, as Xcel is trying for, to tip the scales even further toward renewables.

What's the hurry to burn up all our coal and gas? Is it going to go bad if we don't use it all right away? Is oil going to get cheaper? Ever seen a graph of the depletion rates from fracking? It's not "Conservative" to refuse to conserve. Taking what is all around you like wind and sunlight and making use of it is only the smart thing to do.

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junifer15Nov. 28, 1210:11 AM

The Environmental Report Card for the state was presented by Former State Senator Ellen Anderson, along with several other Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners. There was an important question asked by one of the attendees: where are the studies that tell us how many wind turbines the state's ecosystems can support? The reason this is important is because actual verifiable scientific study done at Buffalo Ridge shows a 47% loss of raptors since industrial wind was sited. An Iowa DNR official cited a 42% loss of other birds. And despite their best efforts, the wind industry has had to admit that bats are killed by the tens of thousands at wind energy facilities every year. We need bats. Nothing else does the job of bats - except chemicals. Instead of reacting and running amok like our hair is on fire and the sky is falling, and citing nonsense like coal plants CAUSE asthma (they absolutely do not) - perhaps we should stop subsidizing environmentally dangerous agenda's that are wholly based on perceptions and do the work.....get the answers to critical questions, before we pepper the planet with industrial power plants. We absolutely should not continue the Production Tax Credits until we have answers to critical questions about the environmental costs associated with industrial wind. According to the State Report Card our air quality has been improving since the 1970's, which is long before industrial wind came on the scene. We need scientific solutions to address important topics like global climate change. Switching from one problem to another is no solution. I agree with the citizen who asked the question about the lack of science: we need to stop funding industrial wind until we get answers to critical questions and those answers must be based in scientific fact.

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EleanoreNov. 28, 1210:14 AM

" I thought letting corporate welfare expire was a good thing..." - It is. It's what we need. It's what our nation calls justice. Pay for your own profit or don't do whatever it is you're trying to profit from.

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acctsah2Nov. 28, 1210:25 AM

So this is written by people in the business of selling wind. Seems there may be some bias, just a hunch. I think the part about big evil, dirty coal and the Koch Brothers gave them away.

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liberallymnNov. 28, 1210:31 AM

I want to put a windmill in my back yard. My HOA won't allow it. I want to put solar panels on my roof. My HOA won't allow it. I want to dig a well on my property. My HOA won't allow it. Until the MetCouncil takes over total control of what people can do with their own property in the 7 county metro, wind and solar are only for corporate welfare recipients, and I'm the one paying the welfare instead of receiving any benefit. That's bass-ackwards.

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