President-elect Obama has said that he would promote “wind farms” as one way to create more
jobs. This idea is consistent with popular wisdom about wind energy and, therefore, sounded
good while Mr. Obama was in the Senate and during his presidential campaign.
The problem for Mr. Obama now is that this popular wisdom is wrong. Contrary to reports
issued by various wind energy advocates, “wind farms” provide few energy, environmental, or
economic benefits and create very few jobs – far fewer than could be achieved if the money was
used for other investments. Also, wind energy has adverse impacts that advocates like to ignore. …
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