ROBERT BRYCE | 01/28/2014
But several key energy words were missing in action. There was not a single mention of biofuels. Not a word about wind energy. And nothing about electric vehicles.
Recall that it was during his State of the Union address in 2011 that Obama claimed that “We can break our dependence on oil with biofuels.” In that same speech he said the US could, “become the first country to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.” But in last night’s speech, after years of support for the corn ethanol scam, biofuels got nothing. And electric cars got no love at all. None.
And while biofuels and electric cars went missing, The Biggest Loser in last night’s address was the wind industry.
That can be verified by looking back at the last three State of the Unions.
But last night, nothing about wind. What happened?
In a word, prosecution. In November, after years of a pernicious double standard under which the wind industry had a de facto exemption from prosecution under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Eagle Protection Act, the Justice Department finally—finally—brought charges against the operators of a wind project that had been killing birds. A subsidiary of Duke Energy agreed to pay $1 million for killing golden eagles and other federally protected birds at two of the company’s wind projects in Wyoming.
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