I read the BDN’s Aug. 18 editorial “Energy in Context” and could not help but think how out of context it really was in order to push the wind agenda or anything but fossil fuels for that matter. If you really want to look at it in context you will examine all the facts, not just the ones that benefit your argument.
Let’s look at the facts and put them “in context.” You state the fact that fossil fuel subsidies were 12 times higher than those for alternative energy. While true, this does not look at the subsidy as it relates to overall energy products.
According to the Federal Energy Information Agency, for every  megawatt-hour [(MWh) of] electricity from natural gas  the government subsidizes it 25 cents. For every MWh produced by wind the subsidy is $23.37. The federal government subsidizes wind power 100 times more than fossil fuels. [reference]
Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not point out that you make the absurd claim that there is $3 to $8 in hidden cost in every gallon of gasoline sold. I would love to see the facts to support this broad claim. Instead of fossil fuels why don’t we focus on saving Maine people money. Thirty years ago people burned 1,500 gallons to heat their home, today they burn 850. With new boilers and weatherizing their home people can burn less than 600. All done without government subsidies but with free market forces.
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