Your recent article on wind energy was a fascinating read, both for what it contained as well as what it left out [A mighty wind picks up steam in Indiana, Aug. 30]. Indiana lags behind other states in setting a renewable energy standard yet wind power is a local resource that has the potential to generate huge economic gains for our state. Other states are leaving us behind because they have recognized not only the profit potential of renewable energy but also the rising cost of continuing to do business as usual. The huge cost of continuing to burn coal— harvests drowned in an unprecedented spring deluge, homes lost to raging “firenados,” interstate freight put on hold by unseasonal storms—is a bill that is no longer for future generations but arriving on our doorstep today.
Fortunately, there are leaders taking action on the state and federal level. Tucked away on page 12 in the same issue was the news that an Indiana renewable energy task force held its first meeting. Meanwhile in Congress, the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (House Resolution 763) aims to put a steadily rising price on fossil fuels, without adding any new regulations and returning all the funds generated to U.S. households. All of these winds seem to be blowing in the right direction.