Wind power – Governor transforms into intrusive regulator

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is looking forward to have 99 percent of his state’s energy extracted from fossil fuels by the year 2020.

In other words, he will be banning wind turbines in the state of Wisconsin.

Previously, it was the governor’s top priority to open more job opportunities, but his decision could not even wait for 2 weeks after his new administration took charge to put a stop to Wisconsin’s wind energy business. The governor’s proposal is to authorize a minimum required distance of 1,800 feet between a wind turbine and the closest residence. His new guidelines exceed even the setback distance of 1,250 feet approved by the Public Service Commission in the last year.

How ugly can be Walker’s proposed rules? Let’s take a look:

Michael Vickerman, of Renew, Wisconsin, says that there might be a few places in the Badger state that meet these extreme constraints, but they are so few in number that you can easily count them on your fingers.

The proposal by walker is considered wrong on several levels. First, fossil fuels are not unlimited in amount. Knowing this fact Walker still had to show complete hostility toward renewable energy and transportation. The state has no fuel sources of its own when it comes to fossil fuels. The state is paying a huge number of dollars all the time to bring fuels into the state that it could be creating on its own.

Second, labor is required for building and maintaining turbines, which means lots of jobs for the people. But the governor who earlier killed most of the passenger train industry in the state is yet again planning to take the state backwards by terminating the wind turbine industry as well.

Thirdly is the lack of concern for private property rights by the governor by forbidden private landowners to use their lands for the generation of wind power. Earlier governors could not wait to let developers fill up wetlands, now the governor’s office is looking to regulate contracts amongst private property owners and wind turbine companies.

Walker entered the governor’s office on January 3rd. He promised jobs as well as less governmental regulations. They were amongst his top priorities, but in less than 2 weeks time he proposed to rewrite the rules that concerned wind turbines, altering a policy that is not very old, only a year. Wisconsin is a state, according to Walker, that may be open for business but only in the event it fits the right ideology.

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