"I don't want to just hope the wind blows to light up your house and your factory," President Trump said while emphasizing the need for fossil-fuel-powered electricity generation "as the birds fall to the ground."
Trump was giving a campaign rally (Election Day is only three years, three months and three weeks away) in Iowa. This line struck Trump's critics in the media as dumb.
This is a remarkable comment. Iowa, where Trump said this, is the state that generates the highest percentage of its energy from wind. https://t.co/zPYCYU5L3I— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) June 22, 2017
Trump mocking use of wind energy, which is a big deal in Iowa--something like a third of the state's energy last year?— Cathleen Decker (@cathleendecker) June 22, 2017
Mike Memoli provided a link:
This story is a good illustration of why knocking wind in Iowa might not be as dumb as most reporters think. Memoli calls wind subsidies a "boon" to rural Iowa, but go through the article and you'll notice whom it's a boon to by seeing whom the Des Moines Register could get on the record praising wind subsidies: Bill Fehrman, CEO of Warren Buffett's MidAmerican Energy, which lobbies for and profits from these tax credits; local politicians; one farmer who has subsidized turbines on his land.
Otherwise, every resident of rural Iowa in that piece attacks or criticizes the windmills, which looms massively over neighbors' small farm homes, and put the constant sound of "jets flying around the sky."
It's a very odd assumption by these reporters: because a handful of businesses are getting large taxpayer subsidies to dot the countryside with wind farms, that Iowans won't brook anyone questioning wind's reliability.
Perhaps it's rooted in a media-specific version of the availability bias. Bigwigs — corporate CEOs, lobbyists, and local politicians — always love subsidies and big development projects they can put their names on. And those bigwigs are easier and more typical sources for stories than say, the farmers who hate the windmills and the taxpayers who cover the subsidy.
Timothy P. Carney, the Washington Examiner's commentary editor, can be contacted at email@example.com. His column appears Tuesday nights on washingtonexaminer.com.