By James A. Lyons
By arming the rebels, we're aiding al Qaeda
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Several East Coast states that are moving toward offshore wind energy got a boost last month when Congress extended tax credits for wind energy developers, but concerns linger over the technology's cost to consumers and the viability of such projects in the current economic climate.
The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision on Thursday to uphold President Obama's health care mandate as a tax prompted Democratic leaders in the District and Maryland, as early adopters of Mr. Obama's vision, to rejoice while Virginia's Republican governor denounced it as "a blow to freedom."
The House is expected to vote Friday on a bill that would pave the way for offshore-wind energy.
Gov. Martin O'Malley's offshore wind energy bill received a late gust of support Monday that indicates lawmakers may be serious about pushing the measure into law during the session's final two weeks.
"I don't know anyone who thinks the economy is where we want it to be," Mr. Hucker said. "But I think it's certainly better than it was a few years ago."
"I absolutely feel like the momentum is on our side," Maryland Delegate Tom Hucker, Montgomery Democrat, told The Washington Times recently. "Now that the economic incentives are there for another year, it's a more favorable climate."