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Connecting education with the wind mess has special irony

Spawned, then supported, by government welfare measures at considerable public expense, it[industrial wind energy] produces no meaningful product, yet provides enormous profits to a very few, playing havoc with the environment while claiming to be saving it.

Local college tuition support from county revenues is a notion many communities and some states long ago initiated to signal the importance of higher education. The idea here, however, is tarnished by association with the predations of the wind industry, making county government appear to be a shill for that industry's propaganda. The county's commissioners would be much more effective promoting tuition-free education as a formidable idea unto itself, leading a public discussion about why such a program would be beneficial to the commonweal; the trove of tax revenues coming from lake properties would easily cover the relatively small amount of funding sufficient to this purpose without the taint of wind money. An even better investment in education would be a substantial increase in local funding for all aspects of our school system.

Connecting education with the wind mess has special irony. The passionate ignorance on the part of county officials about what this industry will do to harm the people, property, and wildlife of this county would be fastened to an institution whose purpose is to keep ignorance at bay. This deal would not constitute a win-win situation for anyone other than wind investors,... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
Local college tuition support from county revenues is a notion many communities and some states long ago initiated to signal the importance of higher education. The idea here, however, is tarnished by association with the predations of the wind industry, making county government appear to be a shill for that industry's propaganda. The county's commissioners would be much more effective promoting tuition-free education as a formidable idea unto itself, leading a public discussion about why such a program would be beneficial to the commonweal; the trove of tax revenues coming from lake properties would easily cover the relatively small amount of funding sufficient to this purpose without the taint of wind money. An even better investment in education would be a substantial increase in local funding for all aspects of our school system.

Connecting education with the wind mess has special irony. The passionate ignorance on the part of county officials about what this industry will do to  harm the people, property, and wildlife of this county would be fastened to an institution whose purpose is to keep ignorance at bay. This deal would not constitute a win-win situation for anyone other than wind investors, unless one would feel comfortable benefiting from the exploitation of others and the despoliation of our countryside. Why not invite Big Tobacco to provide scholarships, too?

Such a cynical ploy in an election year is despicable. County government should not be extolling the virtues of monies it doesn't have and may never receive. And it certainly should not do so as a front for such a craven industry. Spawned, then supported, by government welfare measures at considerable public expense, it produces no meaningful product, yet provides enormous profits to a very few, playing havoc with the environment while claiming to be saving it.

Source: http://www.therepublicannew...

FEB 16 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/1337-connecting-education-with-the-wind-mess-has-special-irony
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