Free Energy: $210 million

Last week we noted an accelerating propaganda blitz using the increasingly flimsy excuse of global warming to demand new federal taxes and regulations. Climate crisis promoters turning up the volume is proof positive that they see belief in their scam fading fast.

At about the same time, the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) released a study examining one small aspect of the consequences flowing from policies driven by belief in human-induced global warming, in this instance, Wisconsin’s renewable energy mandates.

The analysis concludes that mandatory use of “renewable”—mainly wind-powered generation actually cost Wisconsin consumers $210 million from 2008 through 2010 and raised electricity rates at an accelerating pace.

Being overly generous, WPRI says higher costs might be justified if environmental benefits result. But the report spells out how fossil generation must run on standby at all times, to backstop wind and solar that quit without warning. Adding more wind and solar will make that problem worse.

Wind enthusiasts warn about volatile natural gas prices to divert our attention from the unreliability and environmental destructiveness of their expensive hobby. While it’s almost certainly true that natural gas won’t always be cheap. But it’s equally true that wind will always be worthless.


About Wisconsin Club for Growth
The Club for Growth is a national network of over 40,000 men and women, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. Wisconsin Club for Growth, Inc. is dedicated to informing, educating and rallying citizens of Wisconsin to embrace and enact policies that lead to sustained economic growth, limited government, and minimal taxation. Wisconsin Club for Growth can and will have an enormous impact on the direction of our state. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes that effective lobbying is done at all stages of the budget cycle, including when our leaders make public promises and can be encouraged to support policies that spur economic growth. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes we must support pro-growth policies and encourage public officials with backbones to remain truly committed to making our economy and our state stronger. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes our leaders must stand up to the tax and spend mentality in Madison and work tirelessly to cut taxes and unleash the power of the free-market.

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