Senator Lamar Alexander on the Wind Energy ‘Scam’

Posted on Fri 03/09/2012 by


By Lachlan Markay and Brandon Stewart ~

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is the ranking Republican on the Appropriations subcommittee dealing with environmental issues. He is currently working to end subsidies for wind power, an energy source that he dubs “a scam.”

“We don’t have the money” to continue the subsidies, Alexander told Heritage in our latest segment of In the Green Room. “It’s a puny amount of electricity,” he added, “and it’s destroying the environment in the name of saving the environment.”

Alexander agreed that subsidies for other energy sectors should also be eliminated, but he stressed that renewable energy gets far more taxpayer support than its competitors in the fossil fuel and nuclear energy industries.

“I think most people would be surprised to learn that Big Wind subsidies are even bigger than the subsidies that benefit oil directly,” Alexander said, echoing a point that Heritage has repeatedly stressed.

Alexander also noted the importance of “do[ing] everything we can to find more North American oil and gas.”

The interview runs about for about 3 minutes.

Lachlan Markay works to advance  The Heritage Foundation .  policy solutions by breaking hard-hitting investigative news stories as a reporter for the think tank’s Center for Media and Public Policy.

Brandon Stewart is the Senior Producer, Strategic Communications at  The Heritage Foundation .  and he produces online videos for The Foundry .

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