As I read the report on Sen. (Kirsten) Gillibrand’s visit to Emerling Farm, I was reminded of what Ronald Reagan said were the nine most dangerous words in the English language: “I’m with the government. I’m here to help you.” (“Dairy issues top agenda in Wyoming,” story, Sept. 1.)
As noted by one of the gentlemen in attendance, ethanol has caused corn prices to triple over the past five years, putting tremendous pressure on regional dairy farmers. Sen. Gillibrand acknowledged that it’s a problem they are now working to eliminate.
With the accompanying rise in food prices, even Al Gore is now admitting ethanol was a bad idea.
This just proves that when the government tries to pick and choose the winners by what they choose to subsidize, we all end up losing in the long run. This has proven to be especially true when it comes to corporate-lobbyist-driven, “green” energy agendas President Obama admitted would “cause our electricity prices to necessarily skyrocket.”
As ethanol is to our feed and food prices, so industrial wind is to our electricity prices. Like ethanol, many have been warning of the dire consequences of pursuing this wasteful expenditure of taxpayer and ratepayer dollars on the redundant, antiquated source of industrial wind for years now.
Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute reported in his article, “Meet the New Ethanol: Wind Blows Past Corn as Subsidy King, No End in Sight” (http://tiny.cc/axup5), “Windmills have surpassed ethanol’s pocket-pickery ... analysis shows that under the Obama administration’s ‘green energy’ binge, current demands for taxpayer subsidies and other support to be provided the windmill welfare queens total $8 billion per year.”
The Energy Information Administration (EIA), a research and data analysis arm of the Department of Energy, released a report that details the amount of taxpayer subsidies that were distributed to energy producers in 2010. The government report confirms that federal energy-related subsidies have increased 108 percent in three years; and wind subsidies increased tenfold.
In response to the report from the EIA, Thomas Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy Research, issued the following statement: “This new report shows the huge price tag for politically-favored energy sources. With the American taxpayer footing the bill, the federal government handed over $37 billion dollars to energy companies in 2010 alone. At a time when our nation is drowning in over $14 trillion of debt, Washington has no business propping up companies with taxpayer dollars.” (http://tiny.cc/7g90m)
Considering admissions of the failure of the government-chosen ethanol program by Gore, Gillibrand and others, it would seem it’s time to take the blinders off in regard to ethanol’s dysfunctional cousin, industrial wind. You would hope we won’t have to watch the money-grubbing, bipartisan dive to the bottom by willfully-ignorant elected officials and bureaucrats in pursuit of corporate welfare payments go on any longer.
As Albert Einstein told us, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.”
Mary Kay Barton lives in Silver Lake.