Offshore Wind: The Enormously Expensive Energy Alternative

June 8, 2013

See, wasting money on a project that has no chance of living up to expectations (or hype) is okay, so long as it gives one that warm, fuzzy feeling of doing something for the Earth — or you’re the guys collecting the taxpayer subsidies that these idiocies need to survive. Argh.

Watts Up With That?

By Steve Goreham

Originally published by The Washington Times

The US Department of the Interior announced the first offshore wind energy lease sale earlier this month. Interior plans a July auction of 164,750 acres off the southern coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts for commercial wind farms. But why are federal and state governments promoting expensive offshore wind energy?

The auction is a continuation of the “Smart from the Start” program for expediting offshore wind begun by former Energy Secretary Steven Chu and former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in 2011. Sally Jewell, the new Secretary of the Interior, has embraced the program, stating, “This is history in the making as we mark yet another major milestone in the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy. Today we are moving closer to tapping into the enormous potential offered by offshore wind to create jobs, increase our sustainability, and strengthen our nation’s…

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