Ever-changing reality shows that LePage right when it comes to energy
by John Frary
John Frary, of Farmington, is a retired professor.
These are grounds enough for Gov. Paul LePage's criticisms of our state-mandated wind-power industry. Angus King, John Baldacci, and the Democratic legislators have no prophetic powers that can support Maine's commitment to a wind-power solution. They had no idea of the potential of shale gas when the state's Maine Wind Energy Act was passed in 2008.
The argument for wind power does not rely on the claim that it is cheaper than the alternatives. It is not. It relies on the hope that if it is adequately subsidized long enough its technological development will advance to the point when it will become economical. This could happen. It seems equally likely that other technological developments could turn every wind generating facility into useless junk.
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