Monday :: Feb 28, 2011

Open Thread

by Mary

ThinkProgress wrote about the ten disastrous policies the right is pushing in Wisconsin. Most of them had been discussed before, but one I hadn't heard about was the plan to ban wind-power from Wisconsin.

8. STIFLING INNOVATION: In late January, Walker introduced a bill that would ban wind-powered energy from Wisconsin and exacerbate the state’s dependence on out-of-state coal. If passed, it’s estimated that the law would immediately eliminate $1.8 billion in new wind power investments and jeopardize eleven currently proposed wind projects. After a public outcry earlier this month, Walker’s bill is (for now) dead.

So what's behind this policy? Is it because wind-power is becoming a truly competitive energy source to coal and could cut into the profits of the Koch brothers? What ever the motive, it sure is crazy!

BTW: China is now leads the world in harnessing wind energy, beating out the US.

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