Monday, June 19, 2006

Wind Power and Evil Profits

There is good news and bad news on wind power. Good: Wind power is a good enough investment with the higher oil and gas prices that private investors are putting up millions of dollars to install 133 wind turbines that together will generate 200 MWatts of power - enough to supply 60,000 homes. Bad: Profit. People will make money off it. The ranchers will get substantial royalty checks - $160,000 per year for one family. The Big Horn project is near Bickleton, Washington. Google Map - I couldn't get "Bickleton" to show, but it's at the middle of this map. Actually the Seattle Times might be saying that it is good that the ranchers are making money off the use of their land. It just seems out of character.

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