Cindy Brack to Northeast KS Wind Farm Discussion
April 24 at 9:50 AM ·
As someone who is eco-conscious, why are you against renewable energy and wind energy in particular?
I am definitely not against renewable energy and I do think it’s important that as a country we make investments to develop technologies such as wind energy. However, because of the amount of tax breaks and subsidies the wind industry is getting, they are not focused on developing the technology so much as they are trying to get as many of these giant wind turbines erected as fast and at as low of cost possible as they can before the subsidies expire – at the expense of people in my community as well as future generations. Keep in mind that the Statue of Liberty is 305′ tall and the wind turbines coming to my county are 500′ tall. By the time this project and the next one are complete, we could have around 500 turbines in the county and more to come. Warren Buffett owns Mid American Energy, a company that has been developing wind farms. Here is his quote, “I will do anything that is basically covered by the law to reduce Berkshire’s tax rate [. . .] We get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.”
From NextEra’s 2018 annual report:
“Any reductions or modifications to, or the elimination of, governmental incentives or policies that support utility scale renewable energy, including, but not limited to, tax laws, policies and incentives, RPS or feed-in tariffs, or the imposition of additional taxes or other assessments on renewable energy, could result in, among other items, the lack of a satisfactory market for the development and/or financing of new renewable energy projects, NEER abandoning the development of 22 renewable energy projects, a loss of NEER’s investments in renewable energy projects…”
“NEER depends heavily on government policies that support utility scale renewable energy and enhance the economic feasibility of developing and operating wind and solar energy projects.”
(NEER = NextEra Energy Resources)