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Old 12-21-2010, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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(Reuters) - West Texas wind power could reach Atlanta if Pattern Energy Group is successful at building a 400-mile transmission line to create an export path for electricity from the nation's No. 1 wind state.
Pattern Energy plans Texas wind-power export path | Reuters

Wind power is a boon for Texas, expand it will diversify the texan economy.
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:41 PM
 
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The economic benefits to wind pertain mostly to short term infrastructure projects, which are indeed substantial but are not permanent. Windfarms are generally built on private property as opposed to leasing and once the transmission line and windfarm is built, the bulk of the benefits have been realized. The profits then are mostly captured by the private investors.

It is difficult to make a profit on wind unless there are heavy government subsidies given. Thus, the industry is unreliable as far as building an economy around it. Wind power is sort of for the Democrats what war and Halliburton is for the Republicans.
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Old 12-23-2010, 04:51 AM
 
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The economic benefits to wind pertain mostly to short term infrastructure projects, which are indeed substantial but are not permanent. Windfarms are generally built on private property as opposed to leasing and once the transmission line and windfarm is built, the bulk of the benefits have been realized. The profits then are mostly captured by the private investors.

It is difficult to make a profit on wind unless there are heavy government subsidies given. Thus, the industry is unreliable as far as building an economy around it. Wind power is sort of for the Democrats what war and Halliburton is for the Republicans.
get a clue

1. Halliburton is no longer in the government procurement, construction, and infrastructure business.....their FORMER subsidiary KBR still is, but they are an independent company now

2. land owners get what is called a LEASE PAYMENT for the surface rights and a portion of the production.....many of those landowners still live on their land and spend that income in their local areas or use it to start or expand other businesses

3. there are still a number of jobs that go along with wind once everything is built out....the turbines need to be maintained, the transmission lines still need to be maintained, and the expanded grid needs to be operated

4. school districts are able to draw tax revenues because of the increased values once the towers are up.....ask the Sweatwater district or districts around Abilene what wind has done for them......or ask the mayor of Sweatwater Greg Wortham what wind has done for his community

try learning about what you are generalizing before you spew out weak fact less and feckless talking points

the number one issue with wind currently is the lack of availability to store the energy for periods of heavy demand that occur during periods of lesser wind production

everything else you know nothing about

PS other than private investors and private landowners....who in the hell should get profits from a business investment....."the people or the government"........there is a term for that.....it is associated with failure worldwide
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