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And across New Mexico to Phoenix and then Southern Cali. Amarillo (eg) to Phoenix is 600 miles, and Amarillo / Phoenix / LA is under 1,000.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Jan 21st, 2009 at 11:46:33 PM EST
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Thanks guys, for your research.  It appears I was misinformed.  I had no doubt that there were a lot of "shovel ready" projects held up by funding constraints, and also that there was a lot of unused capacity in the construction sector.  

My concern was more specific to the wind power industry and that bottle necks or unavoidably long construction times might occur in specific specialist areas - e.g. turbine manufacture, critical smart grid components, completion of new power lines - which would constrain the ability of the industry to produce a major expansion of wind capacity in the next 2 years.

Obviously any such under-capacity would be as a direct consequence of the "stop-go" regulatory and financial  regime for wind power identified by Jerome above and the chronic lack of vision of the Bush regime.  

The irony is that the richest wind power resources often seem to be in Republican States.  Now that the DEMS have abandoned their 50 state electoral strategy perhaps they could inaugurate a 50 state energy strategy which might be just as good at harvesting votes in red areas in due course!


notes from no w here

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jan 22nd, 2009 at 07:16:58 AM EST
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Only one of the richest wind resrouce states were "deep red" in 2008 ... Montano North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Texas were all lighter shades of red than in 2000/2004, and Montana and North Dakota would qualify as "purple" with the same reckoning as used going into 2008.

And there is definitely a tension between the western style of "conservatism" and the southern style of "conservatism" that can be most usefullly wedged if there is some good old fashioned parochial interests going along with it.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Thu Jan 22nd, 2009 at 01:18:54 PM EST
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