Wind Energy Workers Face Unemployment

The Obama administration has negotiated another extension in unemployment compensation insurance.  Could one of the motives be pending massive unemployment in one of his pet industries, wind energy? 

The American Wind Energy Association is warning that thousands of jobs will be lost if the government doesn’t extend its subsidies of the industry.  As ABC News reports,


The wind industry urged Congress on Tuesday to extend a cash grant program for production of renewable energy, claiming tens of thousands of jobs are at stake. 

The American Wind Energy Association wants the package to include renewal of the cash grant program for development in wind, solar and other renewable energy. The program, created by the federal stimulus law, is set to expire at the end of this month.

The wind group said that tens of thousands of Americans could lose their jobs or not get called back from layoffs unless the program is extended. It joined with trade groups representing the solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower industries in a letter to congressional leaders Tuesday warning of a renewable energy slowdown.


At the same time, a wildlife advocacy group, the American Bird Conservancy, is asking lawmakers to limit those grants to those who will take action to protect birds from these Cuisinarts of the Air.

The wind energy industry not only requires government subsidies to survive, but it costs 2.2 jobs in other industries for every wind energy job it creates.  It’s time to stop this foolishness, restore domestic oil production, expand domestic natural gas production, and build nuclear generating plants.



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