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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

PA Representative Questions Money For Windmills

Rep. Jerry A. Stern talks state level involvement in alternative energy and its effects locally

Tyrone Daily Herald
Republican State Representative Jerry A. Stern of the 80th Legislative District will be embarking on his ninth term in the state House of Representatives, and entering his second term as Republican Caucus Secretary in Leadership.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, under Democrat Governor Edward G. Rendell’s administration, put together an Alternative Energy Package that was passed last year, where the state borrowed $500 million to stimulate conservation efforts and alternative energy sources, such as windmills and solar.

Rep. Stern explained that all of those efforts combined are good, but at the same time, he questioned the state’s investment of $500 million in taxpayer dollars. The state’s reasoning to invest such a large amount of money was to gain investment return dollars.

“If the market was such that it was so productive and valuable to begin with, then the private sector would be investing that money and wouldn’t need the state government to come forth and put that money out there,” said Stern. More...


Anonymous said...

Go Jerry GO!

Anonymous said...

we feel the same way here.

no need for state to fund toursim. not everyone can afford to open a business and those who can don't need state funding to promote it. those who own a business should be promoting their own.

time to move on to something else. we've spent enough over the years promoting tourism. Time to promote something else. For those who made it congrats and those who didn't- move on.