GARY WAHL: All wrong about fossil fuels

To the editor:

On Friday, May 20, Chandler Szydlowski told us that the annual U.S. Government subsidy for fossil fuel was $500 billion.

On Climate Progress’ website, $500 billion is the total world wide subsidy for fossil fuels.

The U.S. Governments subsidy is somewhat less.

According to the U.S. Progress Report on Fossil Fuel Subsidies, estimated from fiscal year 2015, production subsidies equal $4.7 billion and consumption subsidies ( low income home energy assistance program) equal $3.4 billion.

Consumption subsidies would surely increase for wind and solar power.

Research is a wonderful thing isn’t it?

Solar energy makes up 6 percent of total U.S. electricity generation, yet gets $39 billion per year. U.S. Government support is vast with 345 different federal initiatives spread across 20 agencies. Not much room for redundancy or waste there is there?

Federal government spent $150 billion in last 5 years for solar power. States heavily subsidize the industry by offering tax breaks and 538 rebate programs.

In FY 2010, wind power subsidies equaled $5 billion. Gas and oil received $654 million, Solar out received oil and gas by one third.

According to The Institute for Energy Research, subsidies on energy production basis, winds’ 5.6 cents per KWH is more than 85 times that of oil and gas combined, and solar is 13 times that of wind.

On March 18 2009, President Obama said “My energy plan will make electricity rates necessarily skyrocket”. They have to if he is going to use the EPA to “bankrupt any utility who builds a coal fired generating plant”.

Consumers Energy has already started dismantling coal plants. Do you think we will need less energy? What will they replace them with? Options are limited if you can’t use fossil fuels and you can bet we will pay for them.

If wind and solar were a cheap and reliable alternative to fossil fuels, you wouldn’t have to jam it down our throats like the Affordable Care Act. It would make sense and all of us would flock to it. Until you can make a wind powered chainsaw, or a solar powered semi truck we will all have to use fossil fuels.

If you want to reduce carbon emissions you should ask Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio to park their personal jets for a while, and try to convince President Obama that a staycation would be a good idea.

Gary Wahl

Stanwood

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