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Lake Erie wind farm backers like President Obama's energy plan
Less carbon emissions makes wind more viable

Kevin Niedermier
The Lake Erie Development Corporation hopes to build an experimental wind farm like this off Cleveland's shoreline. Backers say President Obama's energy plan will help make wind energy more practical.
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Backers of Northeast Ohio’s effort to make Lake Erie a wind-turbine center are cheering President Obama’s plan to cut carbon pollution.

Today, the president said in 17 years he wants annual coal-fired power plant emissions cut by more than half. And one way he wants to reach that goal is to push for more alternative energy sources like wind power.

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The Lake Erie Development Corporation wants to prove that Lake Erie and the other Great lakes are prime territory for wind- energy production. The organization is developing an experimental wind-turbine farm off Cleveland’s shoreline. Vice President of operations Dave Karpinski, says President Obama’s plan should help make wind energy a more competitive alternative to coal.

“It’s going to start attracting investors at some point once this really gets rolling because they’ll realize there’s a market now for renewable energy sources that don’t depend on subsidies. We believe that as the cost of carbon emissions are factored into energy plans, there will be no need for alternative-energy subsidies.”

Critics of the president’s energy plan say it will eliminate hundreds of thousands of mining, rail and utility jobs.

This Spring, the Lake Erie Development Corporation tested the soil 7 miles out in Lake Erie to see what kind of foundation needs to be built to support a multi-turbine wind farm. Construction is expected to begin in about three years.                         

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Climate change is occurring, but has ALWAYS occurred naturally. Last night's NOVA showed how we are just now becoming able to identify the interactions of ocean currents, air, volcanos, and other elements, and while there certainly is some human impact, we do not yet know the true extent of the effect we have on the planet, or if we can change it. As a citizen and voter, I do not believe that we should allow the Executive Branch and its regulatory agencies to make decisions influenced by special interests groups about the electric infrastructure. Our Constitution provides that Congressional representatives are to make those decisions, not the President.

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For those of us who try to be clear-thinking individuals and not buy into the media hype, global warming is real.
Just like DDT used on farms caused birth defects in animals and humans, and women taking thalidomide had babies with horrible birth defects, and cigarettes can cause cancer, global warming is a reality, not a fantasy.

Posted by: Debbie (Ashtabula) on June 26, 2013 10:06AM
I think you guys are full of crap. You and WKSU continue to write stories that are pure socialist and liberal. There is no global warming!!!! You guys better wake up the Obama is bringing down the country and the economy

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