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Wind farms, giant wind turbines in clusters, will save the environment and produce electricity at no more than conventional sources.

Correct? Conventional sources being coal fired plants, natural gas plants, or nuclear powered plants. Not true on all counts: Remember President Obama's statement that your electric rates must necessarily skyrocket. According to Southwest Power Pool estimates, transmission grid expansion will add $2.8 billion in costs in the next 5 years mostly due to wind expansion dictated by state government. A study by the American Tradition Institute, Center for Energy Studies reveals the true cost of adding wind to existing power sources. The total cost in dollars per megawatt hour for various sources are as listed:

Coal - $111

Natural Gas - $102

Nuclear - $111

Coal plus wind - $190 (+70 percent)

Natural Gas plus wind - $149 (+46 percent)

There is no such number for wind alone because it cannot stand alone, unless of course you wish to only use electricity when the wind blows at required speeds. Wind turbines have a life expectancy of about 20 years; traditional sources are 2 to 3 times that.

A very short and sad review of overall cost of this mandate:

^ The federal Government grants a 50 percent subsidy for constructing the farms.

^ Lyon County grants a forever property tax exemption on the farms.

^ Our utility rates will necessarily skyrocket as our president told us long ago.

Who benefits: Turbine manufacturers (German), the groups putting this in place, and the land owners collecting royalties.

Who pays: The average federal taxpayer funds the federal subsidies, the local taxpayers in the form of forgone tax receipts because of local tax exemptions, and electric users in the form of increased rates. Kansas Legislative Research has documented that in 2013 the Kansas counties with farms have lost around $110 million dollars in forgone tax receipts.

It is the same old game of the well-connected profiting at the expense of the little guy. If this average Joe knew just what this is costing, this type of project would never get started. One figure he is already seeing is his electric bill going up and should understand just why.

And to top it off the EPA that fines oil producers for the killing of ducks on a slush pit completely turns a blind eye to the fact that many birds, including the bald eagle, are slaughtered at high rates at the “hands” of the wind turbines.

Are the global warming concerns of progressives and democrats so great as to override tax, energy cost burdens, and wildlife concerns of the working classes of America? This is diametrically opposed to everything propagated by them. Conservatives like myself carefully evaluate the situation and quite readily come to the conclusion that it is a great detriment of society, especially the middle class. If fossil fuel usage is such a concern, then we need to work on the predominate sources in India and China to solve the problem.

ATI calculates rate payers are paying an extra $8.5 to $10 billion a year for wind energy compared to natural gas-fired generation, and this will only increase as more capacity is added.

Add to this the more than $12 billion that the American taxpayer is paying for the 'one-year' extension for the production tax credit, and one can see that the wind industry is a boondoggle at the expense of taxpayers and ratepayers, that is, slowly but surely, making the US economy less competitive.

—Source: “A More Realistic Cost of Wind Energy,” American Tradition Institute Center for Energy Studies, Washington, DC, December 2012

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Aim_High

ALL veterans deserve respect whether they saw combat or not. These comments make me sad.

CitizenV

I think at the least that's one thing we can all agree on.

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Ol' Ben

And your point is? What does any of that nonsense have to do with AGW? What does it have to do with wind turbines? I think you took a few more mortar rounds to the head than I did.

Ol' Ben

I think it is fitting that the real trolls on this comment page are the ones calling names and spewing insults along with their lies. Wind only operates at 25% of its nameplate capacity so if they say it will power 10,000 homes, figure 2,500. And nationwide wind provides less than 5% of our power. And Europe is building out coal and gas plants at a furious rate since their economy tanked from "Green Renewable Energy." So, if you want to listen to the religious left wind trolls, go ahead. But do a little reading from real scientists first. The IPCC (UN) is a bunch of fake computer model scientists. Computers can't predict next weeks weather . . . . how do you expect it to predict what is going to happen in the next century when they don't even factor in things like SunSpots and Solar Flares and volcano activity, etc,etc,etc.

Gary Lukert

Harley, ole Buddy...Why, for the Life of Me, I don't understand why Republicans WANT everything Dirty: Rivers, Air, Water (Republicans, especially, love Lead! in Water!). Republicans,. WHO SAY THEY ARE CONSERVATIVE! AIN'T! Republicans are Opposed to Recycling. Where, in the Bible, and Especially the Worlds of Jesus...does it say, tell me where Jesus said, we like Dirty, and the Conservation is Evil. WHAT IN "HEAVEN" IS WRONG WITH CLEAN WIND POWERED ELECTRICITY. AT LEAST, WORKERS DON'T GET BLACK LUNG DISEASE. WHEN I GO TO THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE, I AM ALWAYS ASKED...IF I HAVE BLACK LUNG! OF COURSE, CONSERVATIVES REALLY DON'T CARE AT ALL ABOUT PEOPLE...AND MINING COAL CAUSED PAINFUL DISEASES AND DEATH. CONSERVATIVES WANT PEOPLE TO SMOKE...AND GET LUNG CANCER! MONEY, FOR THE RICH, IS ALL THAT REPUBLICANS CARE ABOUT, NO MATTER THE DISEASE, PAIN, DESTRUCTION THEY CAUSE1
OF COURSE, REPUBLICANS "SAY" THEY OPPOSED ABORTION, ARE "PRO LIFE", AND WANT GUNS, SUPPORT THE NRA....TO GET THE LESS EDUCATED WORKING CLASS RILED UP...AND VOTE REPUBLICAN---VOTING AGIANST THEMSELVES!
10-4, OVER & OUT. NOW, KB, IT'S YOUR TURN.

Gary Lukert

AND, YESTERDAY, MY FACTS ABOVE WERE VALIDATED-----AGAIN-----WHEN REPUBLICANS WOULD NOT APPROPRIATE ANY MONEY FOR COAL MINERS HEALTH. FOR BLACK LUNG AND OTHER ASSOCIATED DISEASES, CAUSED BY MINING COAL. REPUBLICANS, IN THE HOUSE, PASSED THEIR BILL...KEEPING IT OUT! THEN, LEFT TOWN. THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE HAD TO GO ALONG WITH IT...ELSE THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN. MINERS WERE SOLD A BILL OF GOODS BY TRUMP, WHO DOESN'T CARE A D-M abouut the minors, but, appealed with Guns, Abortion, and...of course, the HOLY GRAIL OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY--HATE OF "NON WHITE" PEOPLE.

Ol' Ben

Gary, you obviously don't play by the rules. TURN OFF YOUR CAPS!
I'm trying to figure out how the Republicans get blamed for Dirty air, water, even LEAD. The lead problem is in Michigan, a state controlled by Democrats for 50 years. And Detroit, Chicago, what the heck, all the big cities where the biggest pollution occurs, are controlled by DEMOCRATS. And guns? Some of the most stringent gun control laws are in those big cities, all controlled by DEMOCRATS, and yet they have the highest gun crime in the nation. Chicago is going to kill over 700 people this year with guns . . . . that's more than two a DAY. I'm sick and tired of you democrat trolls calling us names when it is you that can't take anyone else's beliefs and try and belittle them. insult them, . . . . . YOU LOST BIGLY! Get used to it because I had to live with the other side for the last eight years. And now I have a big smile on my face, and all your insults cant wipe it off.

Ol' Ben

Arborcat, try reading something other than AlGore's "Inconvenient Truth". Hook up with someone who is a real scientist, not a computer model. After this election you will be watching the wind turbines and solar panels deteriorate in the wilderness after their greedy, subsidy grabbing, government bloodsuckers abandon them. They won't be able to build new ones, and they won't be able to sell the expensive, intermittent and unreliable power. They will all end up like Sun Edison, broke and bankrupt. Without REC's they can't sell their power and make money, and the REC's will dry up within the first 100 days of Mr. Trump's administration. All those regulations were signed as Executive Orders by BHO and can be undone with a "pen and a phone'" Where have I heard that before? [beam]

Arborcat

Ok Brent boy, The wind energy industry goal was 20%!by 2025 and they surpassed that goal in 2015 a full eleven years shed of schedule. Hardly the bloodsuckers that right wing pollution suckers like you describe they are creating jobs both manufacturing,installation, transportation, construction, and maintenance jobs while the oil patch jobs are leaving. All this success in the crap storm Brownback economy. Finally your assumption that the fossil fuel industry doesn't receive massive subsidies is total BS. 😎

Gary Lukert

Hey, Ben...TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE "NO REAL SCIENTISTS", BUT, BY GOD, THEY ALL KNOW BETTER THAN REAL SCIENTISTS. .

Arborcat

Forget China Harley just move to Flint MI the Utopia created by a right wight governor similar to Brownstain your hero!!

anon1999

And this editorial is the epitome of what is wrong with today's media, anyone's hair brained misguided or monitarily misguided opinions can be constantly repeated until the uninformed believes it.

cyberspace

And they'll believe anything!

Arborcat

Garbage fossil fuel propaganda. Fastest growing industry in this Brownback induced dumpster fire economy. Even Brownback backed off killing the renewable portfolio when republican legislators from southwest Kansas failed to support him. Harley if want to breath polluted air and drink stinking water i have no problem with that and China will likely grant you a visa!

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