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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Iowa Political Alert: Could wind energy do for Iowa what oil does for Alaska?

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Political Alert

Sarah Palin's hockey mom bona fides appears to be in order. But the
checks in the mailboxes for every Alaskan during a time of high oil
prices no doubt have something to do with her much-trumpeted
popularity there. As a profile of Alaska in The New Yorker points out,
full-time residents of that state get a cut of the oil profits.
"Alaska is sometimes described as America's socialist state, because
of its collective ownership of resources -- an arrangement that allows
permanent residents to collect a dividend on the state's oil
royalties." ... This recalls a fascinating idea about development of a
massive state-owned wind farm from a former Democratic gubernatorial
candidate in Iowa, Gregg Connell, who was in the race for a while in
2006 before his candidacy tragically ended after he was involved in a
fatal car accident that killed another driver in western Iowa.

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