Steve Lonegan’s Americans for Prosperity (AFP) held a rally on the beach in Asbury Park, NJ today, to oppose “Global Wind Day.” The popular chant captured the mood: “Governor Christie, go fly a kite!” And for good reason. His harebrained windmills boondoggle will cost the taxpayers $100 million in subsidies, just to start this project. Then you will see your electric bills soar. Experts say the total cost to the taxpayers could reach $1.4 billion before it’s over.
Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll presented many facts that would horrify citizens with any common sense. They show that this endeavor is ludicrous at least. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. New Jersey is lucky to have a common sense Assemblyman like Mr. Carroll. I guess he ticked off the establishment bosses. Sorry Michael, you’re not going to get an invitation to Chris Christie’s next cocktail party.
Windmills cost far more than they’re worth
As most New Jerseyans know, we already have the fourth highest electric rates in the nation. Does Governor Christie want to surpass the Democrats in raising the cost of living in New Jersey before he leaves office?
This next question should be on everyone lips. If building windmills will benefit the taxpayers and reduce electric rates, why not make it easy for private investors to build them? They could make a fortune without putting the cost on the taxpayer! But they wouldn’t touch this project with a ten-foot pole, unless the taxpayer foots the bill. So I ask: can you face “We the People” of New Jersey with a straight face and say this will benefit them?
Or after the people are stuck with another wasteful government project, will you tell us that you didn’t know that every country in Europe that built windmills had disastrous results and higher energy costs? When are you going to do your homework? Your staff should take a few moments, in between packing your bags for Washington, DC. Or you can stop campaigning for the other progressive Governor, Mitt “Flip-flop” Romney. You may be surprised to learn how badly you will hurt the taxpayers of New Jersey if you go on with this scheme. The Internet has all the facts on what happened in England and Germany, and how windmills almost bankrupted Spain.
With all the crony corporate lobbyists banging on your door, Governor, an untrusting person would wonder who will really benefit from this ludicrous plan. That you support it anyway, boggles my mind. Governor Christie, what are your true motives? Why would you put the taxpayers of New Jersey on the hook for untold millions of dollars in subsidies to build windmills, when other countries have tried that and failed miserably?
Obama sets the example
One of a string of windmills on the Golan Heights in Israel. Photo: CNAV.
So it dawned on me: where has such a boondoggle happened before? Well, who do you think came to mind? If you said Mr. Obama you said the magic word and you get the cigar. Mr. Obama used taxpayers’ monies to subsidize solar companies that contributed to his campaign. Oh by the way: 17 of those solar companies went belly-up at the cost of hundreds of billions to taxpayers. But at least the Democrats picked up millions in campaign donations.
Yeah sure, you’re not running for President. You said “It’s not my time.” Personally, I believe you. But I still ask: are you feathering your bed for future campaign donations? Companies like General Electric or Siemens AG are very generous to friends that help them in their business ventures. Especially when taxpayers fund their projects. (Siemens doesn’t even make the parts for windmills in this country because corporate taxes and union demands are too high). Did your campaign staff advise you to start banking for future campaign donations? Are we once again watching crony capitalism at the expenses of the public?
Even money says you leave New Jersey this fall, and Romney nominates you for Attorney General of the United States. Congratulations. I’m sure you will do a better job than Eric Holder, though that’s not saying much.
Little-known facts about windmills
Just some facts since I realize how busy you are. Do you know you need fossil fuels (natural gas) to run windmills? Did you also know you can’t store the energy that windmills gather? Do you know they must run constantly? To avoid blackouts, brownouts and/or grid destabilization, no one ever turns those turbines off. On the East coast they must run continually in the winter, so the blades will not “ice up.” Is that why no venture capitalist will invest their money in such a ridiculous (no win) project? Just asking.
I’m sure you know that New Jersey already suffers from one of the worst unemployment rates in the country (as Assemblymen Carroll reminded us).
Estimated higher rates associated with expensive wind energy will cost thousands of jobs, and as much as one third of a billion dollars out of states disposable income.
Forty percent of new jobs in New Jersey? Really?
This forces me to comment on your recent bravado concerning New Jersey creating forty percent of all the new jobs. That was duplicitous at best. Surely you understand that New Jersey historically employs thousands of part-time workers every summer. The beautiful Jersey Shore attracts people from all the surrounding states. That’s the very Shore that the environmental idiots were flying their kites on. I kept looking for Peter, Paul, and Mary to break out in a hippie song.
The answer, my friend,
Is blowin’ in the wind.
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.
Each summer sees a surge of part-time employment, to run concession stands and amusement parks and service our beaches. Please in the future let Obama fudge the numbers. Please don’t insult the intelligence of the people of New Jersey too feather your bed.
Now in all fairness with a Marxist Democrat legislature in charge, they will make it impossible. To your credit you refused to knuckle under pressure from the Marxists to tax millionaires, the true job creators. (I know congratulations from me is shocking. Get over it; I found it hard enough to say.)
Well I was nice for one paragraph. That’s over. Remember my asking who would benefit from this ridiculous windmill plan? Well maybe someone should look into who owns stock in those companies I named. Do any of your relatives or friends have any interest in windmills? Or are you just winning friends and influencing people for the future?
Well Governor, I can only hope and pray that what Mr. Obama did to us nationally with solar energy, you will not do to us locally with windmills. Come on, Governor, give me something good to say about you. I voted for you. I never like to attack a man I believed in. So I’ll leave you with this quote by Amicus Solo:
When an honest man, honestly mistaken, comes face-to-face with undeniable and irrefutable truth, he is faced with one of two choices; he must either cease being mistaken or cease being honest.
So what will it be Governor?