Pigs at the trough: what happens without sweeteners?

Apparently pigs love treats, especially sugar-coated doughnuts.

Apparently pigs love treats, especially sugar-coated doughnuts.

This article spells it out very well. The pigs run away as fast as they can.

While more than 12,000 megawatts’ worth of new wind power was installed in 2012, fewer than 2,000 new megawatts were just a year later. The reason: Investors rightly predicted the production tax credit would not be renewed by Congress…
— U.S. News & World Report

In case this is not yet clear to everybody, industrial wind development in Maine is not about “green” energy and saving the planet, it’s all about the race for public money. The feds and state legislatures hand out sugar-coated subsidies (your money) to entice developers to build wind turbines. Developers race to pocket that money but ONLY UNTIL the free money runs out. Then they scatter.

As a result, the light bills of Maine ratepayers go up, because we have to pay for the new transmission lines to deliver electricity to Massachusetts and Connecticut from industrial turbines that only operate 25% of the time here in Maine. In other words, since they need back-up from conventional power plants, these turbines DO NOTHING to reduce Maine’s fossil fuel consumption. THIS MAKES NO SENSE! Click here for the full article by U.S. News & World Report, published July 17, 2014.

We think U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) makes a pretty good point“(The wind tax credit) should go. Hell, your mother only carried you nine months.”