AUSTIN — Imagine Washington policymakers one day proposing a spectacular renewable energy and jobs program, one that assigned a laborer equipped with a lovely Spanish-style but, of course, American-made, fan to every home.
The symmetrical logic of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels while creating more than 114 million jobs is powerfully alluring. If you could resist the impulse to ask what this revolutionary program would cost.
Something on a much less ridiculous scale has been going on for decades at the intersection of power generation and your government, which has insisted, through its policies, that American taxpayers support alternative energy sources like wind power.
To give you an idea of how competitive the wind power industry is, the possibility a federal production tax credit for wind farms might not be renewed for the first time since 1992 has sent companies in the nation’s wind power capital, Texas, into a panic.