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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Jim Wiegand
The American Wind Energy Association wants its production tax credit (PTC) for wind electricity extended yet again. Congress should say no -- and terminate the PTC now.
Clean-energy devotees are proposing that the $2,200-per-megawatt wind energy production tax credit be extended as part of "all of the above" energy policies. The slogan falls flat, even when it's expanded to "all of the above and below ground."
Comedian Jim Wiegand - aka "Jim Wiggins, the last hippie in America" - is a throwback to a bygone era. The hilarious 70-year-old wisecracker is known for, among other things, a quite liberal worldview. He's also known for raising Joe Wiegand, his rebellious, good-for-nothing son. Apart from sharing both a sharp sense of humor and mutual love and admiration, father and son see eye to eye on little else.
In an 86-square-mile area blanketed by the Altamont wind facility, no eagles have nested for more than 20 years even though the area is prime habitat, Mr. Wiegand says.
Overall, there has been an 80 percent population decline for the golden eagle in Southern California, he notes.