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Friday fact check: Fox features faux facts from fossil fuels folks #windworks #cleanenergy #ptc

Sorry, just couldn't resist that title. Anyway, FoxNews.com carried an op-ed yesterday from two representatives of Americans for Prosperity, a fossil-fuels-funded group. Not surprisingly, it included misleading data on wind power's key incentive, the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC). The source of the error is quite clear: analyzing only a single year of energy incentives is a poor way to judge the support afforded by the U.S. government to many kinds of energy sources for decades. Consider a coal-fired power plant installed in 1965 and still generating electricity today. That power plant was subsidized when it was installed, and the mining and transportation of its fuel have been subsidized in the 45-plus years ever since. If you look at the plant's incentives in 2010, they are only a tiny slice of the total federal expenditure—the cost of the plant was amo...

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