Have Alternative Energy Grants for Wind Turbine Research Been Abused?

It's rather difficult for someone to say that they are against alternative energy. After all, clean energy with less pollution is more advantageous for human health, cleaner air, and an overall better environment. Indeed, let's not forget that all humans have to drink the water, and breathe the air. Therefore, even an oil executive understands that he cannot trash the environment entirely even for maximizing profits.

And, speaking of profits, and those who might call oil companies evil, I have news for you. Over the years, while running a think tank I have seen an incredible number of so-called alternative energy projects, innovations, and inventions, along with their business plans. It is amazing to me how many folks, entrepreneurs, and others try to capitalize on the grants, easy loans, and the subsidies being offered. The other day I was talking to an alternative energy innovator, and he agreed that most of these folks are complete opportunists as he stated;

"I agree that past wind projects have been too subsidized, and were intentionally bloated on the capital side and had marginal ROI's. But that holds true for many things such as ethanol, which I deplore."

Okay so, that's his comment, and I'd like to add another comment to that, and that is this; if we keep raising the price of energy in the US to fund these excursions into green tech pipe dreams, we will deplete our tax base due to economic strife, loss of heavy and light manufacturing, and small businesses, meaning no jobs for anyone, and then no one will be able to build their very cool green tech in the US, China will make it for them using our coal that we ship to Canada, and they take to Delta Port in BC and ship it to China.

Indeed, I bet you didn't know that did you? On one hand we are over regulating our coal industry, and making it tough for them to make a living, which is causing our energy prices to rise substantially. Meanwhile we are still taking the coal out of the ground and shipping it to China. The whole thing is a bad joke, and now 2% of California's air pollution comes from China all the way across the Pacific for heaven's sake. This whole BS about green tech isn't working, it's a Utopian Trap.

My innovative alternative energy genius reminds me that his new design for an offshore wind generator has the potential for an excellent return on investment. He also claims that it would not require any subsidies, and that it would be cheaper than developing more nuclear power. Indeed, I wouldn't doubt that, as right now everything is cheaper than Nuclear since President Obama has closed Yucca Mountain, and it's politically off limits, but he won't win Nevada now, after his wise cracks about Corporate parties in Vegas which killed the Casino's profits for 36-months.

It seems to me that there is far too much political pandering, and too many economic promises when it comes to alternative energy. Everyone is sitting in singing circles and talking about green energy. Unfortunately, most of it is Pie-in-the-Sky, unfeasible, and unfortunately we are wasting our time with it. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank. Lance Winslow believes writing 24,300 articles will be difficult because all the letters on his keyboard are now worn off now..

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