[QUOTE=+A465B;190731]You know Ombugge, none of that fancy wind power stuff would exist in the EU, North Sea or Baltic absent some serious guv’vermint intervention to subsidize and/or mandate it. That’s a serious fact, so don’t get too high on that “competetion” horse stuff.
We’re a little short of that subsidy type of thing in the USA nowadays, unless by chance it comes wrapped in a “defense” or “homeland security” wrapper, in which case 4000 million dollars for a destroyer absolutely makes perfect sense.
By what I can see, that ain’t the only thing we’re short of, but that is another story for another place and day. Just sayin’
Is wind power a great idea? … Yes, I happen to think so on multiple levels, but I worked in the N Sea and understand the benefits, I have a job and my electric bill is already 0.48 per kW-hr. Absent that, I’m not sure I’d be for it, especially if my job depended on not understanding it.[/QUOTE]
Yes the European Governments have the foresight to help new industries getting started, especially when it comes to anything that can claim to be “Green” and help the environment.
Soon Offshore wind will be able to stand on it’s own feet, hence the interests from major investors.
US doesn’t subsidize??? Ask the farmers that receive subsidies even to leave their land un-tilled: http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21643191-crop-prices-fall-farmers-grow-subsidies-instead-milking-taxpayers
I agree that there are other thing the US is short of, such as foresight and long term planning by your politicians. How can you do any planning when the private industry cannot see past next quarterly report and your politicians cannot agree on the time of day. If they didn’t spend all their time campaigning for the next election, they MAY have been able to do something useful.