February 10, 2012
Letters, Virginia

Wind energy pipe dream

The Virginian-Pilot, hamptonroads.com 10 February 2012

RE ‘DOMINION’S BAIT AND SWITCH,’ Mike Tidwell guest column, Jan. 25: Once again Dominion gets bashed with little or no fact-checking. A New York Times report of Nov. 9 (‘Cost of Green Power Makes Projects Tougher Sell’) stated that deals to buy renewable power have been scuttled or slowed in states including Florida, Idaho, Rhode Island and Kentucky, as well as Virginia.

It said that through the first nine months of 2010, installations of new wind power dropped 72 percent from 2009 levels, according to the American Wind Energy Association, a trade group.

Not only Virginia has cut wind programs but other states as well. Why? Tidwell would have us believe there is some ‘evil cabal’ out to thwart environmental progress and job creation by buying off every politician in sight. No, it simply costs too much, and there are other proven technologies that can reduce emissions significantly right now, especially natural gas.

The president also recently stated that natural gas is now the way to go with regard to environmental bang for the buck, so why spend money on a technology that is a pipe dream?
Ron Herbert

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