Wind Farm Boondoggle + The End Of ObamaCare? – Wingin’ It Wednesday
This week on "Wingin' It Wednesday", panelist Carol Ross, Mike Stagg, and Warren Caudle joined "Mornings with Ken and Bernie" to discuss the validity of what could soon become Louisiana's first commercial wind farm as well as the push to defund ObamaCare.
Here's what the panel had to say:
1. Louisiana could soon have its first commercial wind farm. Do you think this wind farm will be prove to be another boondoggle in the mold of V-Vehicles?
Warren Caudle started us off:
I don't know what it's going to become. I'm all in favor of any kind of energy they want to do, but so much of this stuff turns out to be a boondoggle. We go in there and get all kind of government grants and subsidies and it turns out never to be viable in the first place.
Wind farms by and large are good and bad. There are places where they've gone in that have cause problems: noise, dead birds, you name it. I think they have not lived up to their real hopes
On the other hand, how much government is involved in it I don't know, but on the other there's nothing stopping people from coming up with a new source of energy. Will this be a boondoggle? Probably.
Carol Ross added:
It has all the earmarks of a boondoggle, I must say. They're still looking for investors. They're still negotiating with Clieco to maybe buy the energy, don't know if that's going to happen.
There are two red flags, the first is right in the story they say Louisiana is not well suited for wind farms. The second which is buried deep in the story is tax incentives; hello!
For these things to be viable you need a huge footprint. 8 of them? That's not going to get it. And they're not without an environmental impact.
They've done studies on climate change. State university of New York did research on the wind farms in Texas and they actually do fractionally increase the climate.
Any alternative forms of energy are fine, but why do we need tax incentives and why do we need investors. If these things are viable they'll stand on their own.
Mike Stagg Concluded:
Alright, so the wind farms cause global warming? Come on, where do you get that from?
The fact is that the point they've identified, down near Cypremore Point is a good place for a wind farm. We need to have energy diversity. The oil and gas industry is totally against accepting responsibility. There's no question about the damage they've caused and the adverse impact in our ability to survive hurricanes and prevent against flood. We've got to have accountability. We are one of the states that is most susceptible to climate change, but we are the least likely to own up to the damage we inflict on ourselves by the way we extract our energy.
We need to live in the world we live in and not the world we think we live in where everything is hunky-dory.
- Warren Caudle, Carol Ross, Mike Stagg; KPEL 965
2. An aggressive push by Tea Party lawmakers to defund ObamaCare is increasingly pitting Republicans against Republicans, as some party leaders and conservative pundits claim the goal is not achievable this year -- and could irresponsibly risk a government shutdown. Do you think this push is the beginning of the end for Obamacare or something that will fragment the Republican Party even more?
These guys are making Wiley Coyote look like an American success story. They got him, they don't got him.
Insurance rates are falling in the places where the exchanges have been established.
What you have to do is distinguish between the true information and the political lies being told.
This is a last gasp effort for the dead enders trying in their final desperate moves to keep this law from taking effect because it will expose once and for all the lies they've been telling about this law and the horrors it will cause.
DIfferent aspects of Obamacare people like, different aspects they don't like.
When they first started this thing they should have sat down like adults and tried to craft something that's really going to help healthcare delivery systems.
I went to something recently where a panel was trying to trash Obamacare, and if they said it once they must have said it 12 times, "you know there's a lot of good things in Obamacare".
I still say that there's a lot of things we need to do to improve the delivery of healthcare, and I don't understand why everyone is okay to spend a trillion dollars in Iraq, with us going around the world and providing healthcare for people that hate us, but it's somehow un-American to provide healthcare for American citizens.
Nobody is saying we shouldn't provide healthcare to American citizens, it's the method of doing it and Obamacare is not the way.
There's plenty of money to fund the rest of the government, if we take out the funding for Obamacare.
You have the irony of Obama, through executive orders, giving big businesses a break on the mandate. They don't have to do it until after the election is over with.
Now it’s your turn to tell us what you think about today’s Wingin’ It Wednesday topics. Who got it right, who got it wrong, and who was way off? Let us know in the comment section.