The letter “Winds of Destruction” (Press & Dakotan, June 21) says wind turbines are too expensive. Clearly, the writer of this letter is not up-to-date on energy costs. Solar and wind energy are now as cheap or cheaper than coal, oil, natural gas (Lazard). GE just shut down one of its giant natural gas power plants 20 years early because it can’t compete economically with solar and wind (Reuters).
The Green New Deal energy plan will make solar and wind energy “essentially free by 2030 (Financial Times, UBS). On the other hand, Forbes says that without Green New Deal-scale cuts now, climate disasters will cost the US over $160 trillion in the future.
Then there’s the $8 trillion our government has spent on military bases and equipment just to defend the Gulf of Hormuz since 1978 (Business Insider). Without our dependence on oil, we could pull out of Middle East entirely and save trillions.
Finally, the subsidies for solar and wind that the “Destruction” letter complains about are minuscule compared to those that the fossil fuel industry has gotten. The federal government has provided more than $160 billion in tax breaks and subsidies to the oil and gas industries (taxpayer.net).
In return, we’ve gotten carbon pollution that kills over 200,000 Americans annually (MIT.edu), kills over 9 million globally each year (The Lancet), and costs Americans over $800 billion annually in medical bills (Forbes). Not to mention all the oil spills and other land and water and toxic air pollution from fossil fuels (EPA).