ON-Lion Letter
"If the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) rushes approval of Xcel Energy's proposed wind project Rush Creek -- as the utility wants -- the Commission will not be serving the best interests of Coloradans, Xcel's 1.4 million ratepayers, or wildlife and, indeed, will have an adverse impact on all Americans," begins a recent report from the Energy Policy Center (EPC) of the Independence Institute in Denver.

"There is nothing to be gained and everything to be lost by allowing the utility to rush this project through without Xcel, interested parties, and others having the opportunity to study its economic and environmental impact," continues Irresponsible by Nature:  No need for, no need to rush Rush Creek Wind Project, by Michael Fumento.

Fumento is a Colorado-based attorney, author, and journalist who specializes in science issues.

The proposed $1 billion plus wind-energy venture -- for which Xcel is seeking expedited approval -- fails to account for environmental dangers, economic costs, and appropriation of tax subsidies, according to Fumento.  The paper urges a responsible timeframe, permitted under state law, for the consideration of this project's costs.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports the Independence Institute's EPC.
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