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Dear Christian Science Monitor: Wind Is Not Sacred but a Sacrilege

By Mary Kay Barton -- January 11, 2013

I am writing in response to your recent article by Richard Mertens, “Wind Energy: Boom Sputters as Industry Tax Credit is Set to Expire.” This piece describes the plight of wind-industry workers and their families in the face of political uncertainty with the Production Tax Credit at risk. The implicit assumption of Mr. Mertens is that these jobs are worthy for a better environment and for a more sustainable energy future.

Please consider a very different view: that this industry is an artificial construct of cronyism; squanders resources at the expense of consumers and taxpayers; and toys with workers and their families who continually find themselves at the mercy of temporary political majorities.

Being a Christian myself, I am not sure how supporting a business that is based on mistruths and bilks taxpayers and ratepayers out of billions of their hard-earned dollars can in any way be considered “Christian.” The industrial wind scam is the furthest thing from being “Christian” that one could ever imagine – and I say that based on my own personal experience of dealing with the wind industry over the past 10 years.

I live in Wyoming County of Western New York State – an area that has been under siege by the wind industry over the past decade. I have been researching and writing about the wind mess since, and I can assure you — The only thing that has ever been reliably generated by wind is complete and utter civil discord.

Wind is actually a NET JOBS LOSER, one reason being (as President Obama forewarned) the “necessarily skyrocketing electricity prices” that come from replacing conventional energy with costly, unreliable substitutes.

Because wind is NOT reliable, dependable, or dispatchable, it provides virtually NO Capacity Value/firm capacity (specified amounts of power on demand), and therefore, needs constant “shadow capacity” from our conventional power sources (typically, natural gas – which is most easily ramped up and down to accommodate wind on the grid). See here and here.

Paraphrasing my friend in Christ and director of the Cornwall Alliance, Dr. Calvin Beisner, who explained it in easily understandable terms, the hidden assumption in Mr. Mertens’, and similar stories, is that providing jobs is the proper end of business — which would put jobs on the revenue side of the ledger.

No! Providing income to owners/stockholders is the proper end of business, and providing products and services to customers at a price/value ratio at which the customers are willing to buy it is the means to that. Workers are the means of providing those products and services.

The jobs, therefore, are on the expense side of the businesses’ ledgers, not the revenue side. The measure of policy is not whether it results in people’s being employed, but whether it results in consumers’ needs being met — which entails at prices they can afford. When that happens, jobs happen; when it doesn’t, jobs don’t.

Wind is inherently a more diffuse energy source than coal and natural gas, and therefore cannot provide electricity at a price/value ratio customers want. That’s why it can’t survive without subsidies. The subsidies only take from all taxpayers in order to give to some to make up for the failure of the recipients’ failure to provide goods and services at a marketable price/value ratio.

Bottom line: subsidies — to any business — waste resources by directing them to inefficient, rather than efficient, methods of producing for consumers. Consequently, they impoverish the people as a whole, even though they might enrich some in the process. They — not the market — are a zero-sum game.

Here are a few of my more recent articles that you should read – please also research all the included reference links.

End the PTC and Business/Government Cronyism“:

Money-Road to Nowhere“:

Cast your vote for Biblical values

U.S. Public Interest Groups Fighting Windpower

A Tax-Funded ‘Green’ Energy Dogma“:

“‘PC’ power is not ‘Sustainable‘”

When Government Tries to Pick Winners, Everyone Loses

Nothing Embodies Big Government More Than Big Wind

Wind Salesmen Still Can’t Make Pigs Fly

Perry Puts People First

Wasteful, Redundant Schemes Must Stop

Corporate Welfare Bar

NYS’ Two-Billion Dollar Energy Swindle

For further research, please consult this comprehensive slide presentation on science-based energy solutions.  Much valuable information can also be found here.

A couple other must-reads include: The Wind Farm Scam by Dr. John R. Etherington, and Power Hungry: The Myths of “Green” Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future by Robert Bryce.


Mary Kay Barton has been described as “a tireless advocate for scientifically sound, affordable, and reliable electricity for ALL Americans.”


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  2. christopher swift  

    It doesn’t get any stronger than that. My thanks to this writer.


  3. Carolyn Gerwin  

    Why do the folks at Christian Science Monitor have so little faith in God? God gave us this beautiful, adaptable, amazing earth. When we were starting out He gave us wood to burn. We burned a whole lot and the third world still does. There are fewer trees than there were before but no need to panic: we learned about coal. Coal provided even more energy. We burned a whole lot and still do and now –horrors!–there is less coal on the planet (although still a heckuva lot). Then we learned about petroleum and gas. They provided mass quantities of easily usable energy. We burned a lot and still do. Luckily (is it luck?), we keep finding more, but we certainly must be using up fossil fuels faster than the earth is currently making them. But recently we learned how to make nuclear energy. We made a whole lot and still do. As long as there is room to store the waste, nuclear energy will provide all the low-carbon power we need for eons. No one knows what the next big source of energy will be, but we have centuries to figure that out. Based on physics, it won’t be today’s wind turbines. They can’t even compete with what we already have.


  4. Kathy Hamilton  

    My thanks to this author for diplomatically inferring a co-incidental (?) differentiation between the ideology of individuals adherent to Christian faith – vs – its competing collectives and preachers of the Social Gospel/Liberation Theology.

    Had the latter not joined the choir assembled by elitists pushing a “New World Order” to sing its praises “as if with one voice”, it’s questionable whether even today’s Big Gov’t, partnered corporatist capitalists and crusading collective moralists long addicted to “free” entitlements and power-sharing “arrangements” could have successfully deified the unholy trinity of Politicized Religion, Politicized Medicine and Politicized Science so easily exploited for institutionalizing the the velvet-gloved, iron fist that strangles all else.

    Big Gov’t monsters running on these 3 prosthetic legs have trampled their blindfolded, former masters’ freedoms and prosperity under obligatory participation in the race to the bottom and masochistic fulfillment of their new masters’ global governance Agenda, consequential to sign-up for this sovereignty-for-power & money exchange program.

    None can serve 2 masters or have their cake and eat it too?

    From this perspective, I see “Big Wind” as the scariest and ugliest of “Green Energy” faces worn by each Big Gov’t monsters’ empty head, but often become preoccupied with scanning their global “Green” Economy body in hopes of pin-pointing the common brain.

    So far, that body intended to uphold Our Common Future appears to be under advanced development by a central brain and remote-controlled for brain security and self-sustainability, 3P Brown sporting a Cloak of Green and even scarier and uglier to look at than the “Green Energy” faces I’ve seen to date.

    Such a global “Green Economy” body could present an intergenerational threat once fields of rusting IWT’s become an idled non-threat?


  5. Bill Batt  

    Ms Gerwin,
    Much of the nuclear “waste”, the expended fuel rods, contain more fissionable material the the raw uranium ore. The rods were producing energy when they were removed which the raw ore can not.
    Thorium based nuclear reactors has a big downside because thorium can not be used in nuclear bombs and we need more nuclear bombs and nuclear waste because ??????
    There are plenty of sources of energy without going back to the eighteenth century. Nice comment.


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