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1 aagcobb  Tue, Jul 31, 2012 6:07:53am

Romney's position makes sense when you throw out all the science showing that continued reliance on carbon-based energy will cause catastrophic global warming. We need to aggressively promote every available safe alternative to carbon-based fuel.

2 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Tue, Jul 31, 2012 6:59:02am
“He will allow the wind credit to expire, end the stimulus boondoggles, and create a level playing field on which all sources of energy can compete on their merits."

But the playing field is not level, not at all, energy from fossil fuels is long established and has existing infrastructure that only has to be maintained, not built from scratch. Fossil fuel power also gets government subsidies, tax breaks, and loan guarantees for large scale expansion, it always has, what about "rural electrification?"

Besides all of which the costs of fossil fuel use still do not in any way factor in the environmental damage caused by them, without some form of "carbon pollution charge" they are getting a free ride that every one of us will have to pay for later.

While I do not see wind power as in any way a realistic solution to weaning ourselves completely from fossil fuels every little bit helps. If some breakthrough occurs in energy storage technology, and many people around the world are working hard on it, then wind and solar power would be a lot more viable as realistic alternative energy sources. Currently they can only be used as a supplement for the existing energy generation plants, but again, at this point every little bit helps.

3 nines09  Tue, Jul 31, 2012 7:49:32am

Romney gets in and you can kiss any inroads into alternate energy goodbye. We will drop further behind in so many R and D areas that we will effectively cease to be a participant in the game. Of course we will have "clean coal" and "lots of new oil wells" and "safe economical fracking" for gas up the wahzoo. Speaking of subsidies, doesn't the oil and gas industry get quite a handout from the govt? WTF?

4 abolitionist  Tue, Jul 31, 2012 8:51:15am

According this map -- Utility-Scale Land-Based 80-Meter Wind Maps -- parts of Iowa toward the northwest look favorable, while much of the rest of the state does not. Or course, other parts of the US look far better.

And right now, according to a "live map" it looks like none of Iowa could be producing any significant wind energy. [Link: hint.fm...]


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