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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 11:57 AM

Republicans push anti-wind bills in several states as renewables grow increasingly popular

In regions like the South, the potential for renewable energy abounds. That isn't going over well with fossil fuel interests.
E.A. Crunden
Apr 15, 2019, 8:00 am

As the cost of renewable energy drops and its popularity rises around the country, Republican lawmakers in several key states are ratcheting up their attacks on wind power.

Data shows that renewable alternatives to energy sources like coal are increasingly cheaper, in addition to helping offset greenhouse gas emissions. But as they continue to gain prominence, power sources like wind are becoming a popular target for those with a vested interest in fossil fuels. Now, opponents are using everything from national security arguments to targeting tax incentives in order to hobble wind power.

“It’s the inevitability of change. [The] renewable industry is creating jobs, bringing money into the communities… it just gets harder and harder to justify why we shouldn’t be doing them,” said Molly Diggins, state director for the Sierra Club’s North Carolina chapter, in an interview with ThinkProgress.

North Carolina is one of several states in which lawmakers are pushing new proposals to undercut wind energy. State Sen. Harry Brown (R) has long positioned himself as a wind power opponent and this legislative session he is pushing Senate Bill 377, the “Military Base Protection Act.”

https://thinkprogress.org/renewables-wind-texas-north-carolina-attacks-4c09b565ae22/

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Reply Republicans push anti-wind bills in several states as renewables grow increasingly popular (Original post)
turbinetree Apr 15 OP
manor321 Apr 15 #1
BSdetect Apr 15 #2
gratuitous Apr 15 #3
scrutineer Apr 15 #5
Tarc Apr 15 #4
underpants Apr 15 #8
Wounded Bear Apr 15 #10
get the red out Apr 15 #6
dawg Apr 15 #7
yellowcanine Apr 15 #9
Wounded Bear Apr 15 #11

Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 11:59 AM

1. They're trying to protect the public from wind cancer.

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Response to manor321 (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 12:00 PM

2. And when they realize that air is free to breathe ....

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 12:04 PM

3. The "Military Base Protection Act"

If Republicans spent a tenth of their time on good governance as they do on cooking up misleading names for their atrocious legislation, the country would be considerably better off.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 12:14 PM

5. Yup.

The bill argues that wind farms pose a national security risk and uses Department of Defense maps to essentially outlaw wind farms built on land within 100 miles of the state’s coast...

But the military already has veto power over any projects that are deemed a national security risk. North Carolina’s Amazon Wind Farm, the first large-scale wind farm in the state, went through years of review and permitting studies, in addition to coordinating with the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense...

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 12:08 PM

4. I don't understand why the fossil fuel corporate don'tr just...invest in renewables as well.

If there's money to be made in a diversifying energy market, why not jump in and benefit?

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Response to Tarc (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 12:56 PM

8. Me too. Shortsightedness

Back in the early 90’s the big beer companies started gobbling up microbreweries. Not to run them out but to make money off them because THEY ARE IN THE BEER BUSINESS.

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Response to Tarc (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 01:22 PM

10. They are...

their strategy is to fight renewables as long as possible to allow them to maximize final profits off of fossils while they maneuver to be the primary controllers of renewable energy stocks.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 12:49 PM

6. I wonder

If the R's have such a intense need to attack renewable energy because if they don't they fear their whole climate change denial ecosystem will fall in around them?

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 12:54 PM

7. Titling against windmills.

The epitome of delusion.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 12:57 PM

9. Exactly how are wind turbines a national security threat? Other than the cancer, that is.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #9)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 01:23 PM

11. Well, I suppose if you erected one right at the end of the runway...

of an Air Force Base it could be an annoyance.

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