Jerome Ã Paris has a trÃ¨s nifty post Ã Daily Kos about the wave of the future, wind power. Great pictures, too.
And there’s something we can do to promote wind power:
Construction is highly irregular, because the federal support mechanism, the PTC [Production Tax Credit],is only renewed for 2 years at a time …
The PTC works fine. Banks are happy to finance projects on thebasis of PTC revenues, but the sector needs more stability in thatrespect. So if you want to help develop wind in the USA, lobby your representatives so that PTC is renewed for a lot longer than 2 years, as needs to be done this year.
And that brings us right home, doesn’t it …
NOTE TO DEVAL PATRICK: You will very likely get this enviro’s vote if you come out in favor of the wind farm off of Nantucket. You will get my enthusiasm and hard work if you fully enumerate an aggressive, comprehensive wind power strategy as the #1 priority for power generation. You want some daylight between you and Tom Reilly? Here’s your issue. (Hey, someone else had the same idea…)
Don’t worry about the NIMBYs on the Cape — you’ll be doing them a favor by improving the air they breathe, currently the state’s worst (cf. also here). Tom Reilly is doing a characteristically technical legal dosido about this issue, saying that the US Congress has to approve giving away the ocean area to a private interest. (On such limited grounds, his argument may have merit, but that’s no reason to postpone an obviously beneficial project forever.)