One of the biggest complaints by the Anti wind groups was that wind power was not economical, it was political. That on its own wind power could not compete with other forms or electrical production. To some extent this is true. Denmark has hand held the industry through its infancy to toddlership and still maintains. As with any young child this has given it a chance to grow.

Currently the world is worried about man’s effect on the planet. Are we in danger of ruining one of our greatest gifts? Amazingly, since the elections in November, many Republicans and industry leaders are bucking Mr. Cheney and supporting the concept that we need to do something now.

The message is, as I take it, that societies the world over, want us to move now. Economics can not do this alone. Through the will of the people, most wealthy nations have decided to subsidize the exploration of renewable energy. Substantial tax credits are offered to spur growth and development. These are not freebies to those of us in Delaware, who decide to pursue Blue Winds offshore wind farm. Instead we are opting to pay our money to the federal government in the form of taxes, instead of paying higher utility rates to the investors themselves. In other words the extra cost of the incentive is divided up among the 300 million people of the United States, instead of 780000 Delawareans who live on this peninsula. This is how we benefit. If we fail to take advantage of the timeliness of this opportunity, we lose the opportunity to benefit from spreading our cost among the entire US population.

We as a society through our government, have said that this is acceptable to us.

As Jack Markell pointed out, one must look to the future and see that it is quite possible that, as in the rest of the industrial world, that carbon costs, through the form of taxation will be leveled against companies dumping large amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere. This cost will be passed on to the consumer, making such electricity much more expensive than it would be otherwise.

So Delaware has a choice. Do we opt to save money by weighing in with the wind farm, or do we opt to pay more through this tax on carbon?

Again this is not economical: this is political. It is about “what do we want to spend our money on”: pure and simple.

Also politically there are other benefits to wind power. Aesthetics. Someone previously mentioned driving down to Rehoboth to see them. I am sure someone will post they would prefer enjoy seeing a coal fired power plant, and I will leave them at their word.

Perhaps they would enjoy breathing the soot, leftover from the cleaning of the coal. Three hundred billion has been paid out to miners for black lung benefits; that money is not included in the price we pay for coal fired electricity. It is a subsidy: absolving the coal producers from bearing some of the costs of acquiring coal: It is the same as a tax break now given for renewable energy sources.

Windmills kill birds and bats. Stripmines kill every living thing that ever lived on top of the mountain, except for maybe a few of the skunks that escaped to their respective state legislatures. The streams run red with acid, extending the killing power far beyond the reach of the mine itself.

More coal has been lifted from West Virginia in the last six years, than ever before, and yet the state is receiving less royalties than before. This is political: this is not economics. As soon as the politics change in Washington, and the balance of power is perhaps again returned to its citizens, and away from large corporations, the total cost of carbon fuels will increase, irrelevant of market forces, for strictly political reasons.

If the potential for future politics is not considered by the “deciders” of our future energy policy, then we, as Delawareans, will be anteing up another 60% on top of the 60% increase we are paying for the last time we let small minds decide our future energy policy.