This exchange between Melissa Francis of the Fox Business Channel and Denise Bode of the is an instant classic. The interview is titled Wind Energy Tax Credit a Help or Distorting the Market? and can be viewed at the link.
Among the tired old boilerplate served up by Ms. Bode in an effort to reach into your pocket for even more cash to benefit the wind profiteers is this gem in which she names both natural gas and industrial wind the “new flexible affordable generation.” The implication is, of course, that both sources are far superior to nuclear and coal which cannot be easily ramped up and down to manage variations in demand.
But what is “flexible?” Flexibility is defined as the ability to adapt to new, different, or changing requirements such as, in this case, demand for electricity.
Natural gas power plants are, in fact, flexible in that they can quickly come on line to meet variable requirements. Natural gas is a demand driven fuel and can serve as both base load and in support of nuclear and coal. Demand driven … as in, when you flip on the light switch you can start reading your book.
On the other hand, industrial wind is fully at the mercy of the wind. Stating that industrial wind is “flexible” to meet demand is absurd and, of course, intentionally misleading. The wind – the fuel supply for the industrial wind electricity generator – is on its own schedule creating a supply side flexibility … as in, flip the light switch and wait for a breeze.
Does Ms. Bode believe that people are actually stupid enough to accept her “flexible” generator suggestion? The answer is … yes … she does!
And she’s right! Just take a poll of your congressional, state and local officials. A large number are willing to continue to toss more of your tax money at this energy impostor in the form of subsidies such as the Production Tax Credit. After all, as lobbyists know all too well, filling campaign coffers with tons of cash has the effect of lowering a politician’s IQ.
Oh … I said yesterday I’d keep to topics a little closer to home! Well, last month, the mental giants in Washington wrote a check in the amount of $44,184,807.00 on your taxpayer account to corporate giant Edison for simply building a wind project above my home town of Keyser, WV. And they don’t really give a damn if the 23 turbine facility actually produces any electricity.
Again, please take a few moments to view the discussion: Wind Energy Tax Credit a Help or Distorting the Market?