OPINION: Phil Murphy’s Wind Energy Scheme is Hot Air (and Expensive, Too)

Presumptive Democrat Gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy (D-Goldman Sachs) has an energy “plan” in the works, Save Jerseyans, and according to POLITICO New Jersey? It’s heavily reliant on WIND energy.

“Murphy said he will begin to tackle the state’s energy master plan, the guiding blueprint for New Jersey’s energy policy, within his first 100 days as governor,” the publication reported on Tuesday. “Perhaps the most ambitious element will be a commitment to build 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind generation by 2030, or enough to power roughly 1.5 million homes.”

Here we go again.

A new face, true, but the same tired ideas that don’t work any better than before.

Wind energy is an expensive loser, folks. Back in March, our friends at Daily Caller reported that the Long Island-New York City Offshore Wind Collaborative cost $1 billion dollar to build and can power between 40,000 and 64,000 homes (depending upon which way the wind blows).

Phil Murphy

The cost per home? $25,000!

Per home. 

The coastal win farm project near Block Island, Rhode Island which New Jersey greens lamented isn’t off of our own coast? That’ll cost $17,600 dollars per home.

So the only way this technology “works” is with expensive taxpayer-funded subsidies (remember: liberal subsidize their ideas that don’t work with YOUR money in order to justify their wacky worldview). As of mid-2016, public subsidies for the U.S. wind turbine industry approached $200 million. That’s a lot of tax dollars wasted to validate a failed concept.

What’s different about this latest attempt at an experiment in New Jersey? We look forward to hearing Phil Murphy explain it, Save Jerseyans. We really, truly do!

New Jersey’s future lies in clean energies like nuclear and natural gas, but it’s not enough to simply explain why Murphy’s plan is all hot air. The Republican candidates owe it to us to explain “why” there’s a better way to power New Jersey forward over the next several months of campaigning.

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