Wind power is hedge against future price spikes

Re: "If Obama wants growth, that means oil and gas," Feb. 12

Diana Furchtgott-Roth's recent column missed the mark in analyzing how to create a successful national energy policy to drive economic growth. Pursuing an "all-of-the-above" strategy makes sense for several reasons. In fact, adding wind power has already resulted in significant job growth, private investment and consumer savings.

75,000 Americans are now employed by the wind industry. Last year, $25 billion in private investment helped wind power install a record amount of new capacity -- surpassing even natural gas.

That investment occurred because both the private sector and consumers are recognizing wind power's economic benefits. Recent independent studies of the Midwest and New England utility grids have shown that adding wind power will result in consumer savings because the electricity generated from wind power displaces the output of the most expensive, least efficient power plants.

Also, asMs. Furchtgott-Roth correctly noted, China, India, and even Germany have been expanding their use of coal. Fossil fuels are finite, globally priced commodities. If demand continues to increase, it is only logical that there will be future price volatility. In contrast, once built, wind power's "fuel" is free and it acts as a hedge against any price spikes.

But the benefits of wind power go far beyond reducing cost for American consumers. It has created a brand new U.S. manufacturing chain that now spans 500 facilities in 44 states.

Paul Holshouser

Finance policy manager,

American Wind Energy Association

Obama won't answer any questions

Re: "Ben Carson owes Obama an apology," Feb. 11

Much like his predecessor, President Obama doesn't hold regularly scheduled press conferences and when he does, he takes it as an opportunity to give a speech and answer softballs pitched from reporters he knows won't challenge him.

If Obama's policies are so good, then why the need to avoid answering his critics?

Dr. Ben Carson proved the worth of a good citizen by challenging these policies, but it was Obama himself who chose the forum by his refusal to subject himself to the challenge of honest, regularly scheduled press conferences.

Brett Winters


Wait for U.S. attorney's probe before judging Graham

Re: "Crime and no punishment in D.C.," Feb. 11

Jonetta Rose Barras contradicts her own headline when she states in the third paragraph: "Whether the Ward 1 legislator engaged in illegal or criminal activity has not been determined."

Both investigations, one by theWashington Metropolitan Transit Authorityand one by thecity's Board of Ethics and Accountability-- which found "substantial reason to believe" that Graham violated three sections of the city's code of conduct -- have decided not to proceed with a further investigation or take punitive action.

When the U.S. Attorney conducts his own investigation, he will supposedly call Councilman Jim Graham to be questioned under oath. Until that happens, Council members should not use this as a political football, and we shouldn't just assume Graham committed a crime.

Graham is a wheeler-dealer who has often asked for something from those he tries to help, but that something has never been shown to be for personal gain. It is up to his constituents to decide if they want him to continue to represent them.

What the Council can do is require that in the future, all council members' contacts and correspondence regarding any city contractor or potential contractor be posted online within 72 hours so that these things can be seen and judged by the public immediately, not years later.

Peter Rosenstein