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  •  Dude, you are so asking for it. (none)
    There are dozens of industrial facilities in the U.S. that, yes, get their power from wind mills. Intentionally, by contract.

    Tell me, do you and your fellow nuclear advocates have a plan that will convince customers to buy your so-called "clean" nuclear power at prices that are 5 times higher than the cost of efficiency and renewables - not including the insurance risk born by taxpayers? Because you won't finance any of them unless you can convince people that they're not really in business to make money. Best of luck.

    From an article in Time, four years ago - these growth rates have continued apace:

    Wind power was chosen according to the cold calculus of business. It will produce electricity over the 20-year life of the facility for an estimated 3¢ to 6¢ a kilowatt-hour (kw-h). That compares with a recent average of 7.6¢ a kw-h charged by Texas utilities. Using a similar calculation in late March of this year, the Public Utility Commission in Colorado chose wind over gas to power a new generating station built by Excel in Lamar. Brian Evans of Renewable Energy Systems expects that wind power could explode to supply 20% of America's electricity within 20 years. Exults Hal Harvey, president of the Energy Foundation, based in San Francisco: "We've found the holy grail: wind is now cheaper than any fossil fuel based power source."

    Since 1998, wind power has been the fastest-growing new source of electricity in the world, expanding an average of 30% a year.

    I am the federal government.

    by mateosf on Thu Sep 22, 2005 at 05:28:08 PM PDT

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