“The Answer My Friend Is Blowin’ in the Wind”?

By:  Ralph R. Reiland
06/28/2012
       
“The Answer My Friend Is Blowin’ in the Wind”?

As the kites in Ocean City, New Jersey, became airborne, protesters on the boardwalk waved American flags and told the pro-wind crowd to go fly a kite while unfurling banners with slogans such as “Global Wind Power, Another Wacko Idea.”

SEA ISLE, N.J. — During this polarized time, it wasn’t a surprise that there was a dust-up on Ocean City’s boardwalk about politics.

What kicked off the battle seemed innocuous enough — just some local Sierra Club members, most or all of whom probably are not dyed-in-the-wool commies or militant one-worlders, inviting some kids to fly kites at the 10th Street beach.

It was Global Wind Day, a consciousness-raising event, not unlike when Michael Jackson got Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and other superstars together to sing “We Are the World.”

The organizer of Global Wind Day is the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), self-described as “the world’s largest and most powerful wind energy network,” consisting of “over 700 members from almost 60 countries including manufacturers with a leading share of the world wind power market.”

To maximize its political muscle, the EWEA states that it is “ideally situated in the heart of the EU district of Brussels, ensuring close proximity to European decision makers.” In other words, the EWEA is “ideally situated” to lobby for policies that will maximize the subsidies and profits of its members while simultaneously pushing for higher tax and regulatory hurdles for oil and coal producers and the nuclear industry.

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Ralph R. Reiland (photo)

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