Monday, September 20, 2010

Update on Windmill Turbine: Taxpayer Money at Stake

Ryan Klopf, Green Fund Committee Chairman, responded to my request for information on funding. Where was the Green Fund/SIU going to get millions of dollars if not from the government? His response suggests that the project is funded by the state and federal government. He emailed me:
[I'd] like to let you know that in addition to support from the green fund, the project has also obtained funding from the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation and the IL DCEO / US DOE / Recovery Act.
A few million dollars added to state and federal deficits will seem like pocket change to politicians accustomed to billions and trillions. It is time to remember, paraphrasing a quote attributed to the late Senator Everett Dirksen (R-IL), "a million here, a million there, and pretty soon you're talking real money."

News item from Klopf:
"The Wind Turbine Forum I mentioned in my previous email is on Tuesday, September 28 from 7PM - 9PM in the Student Center auditorium."