Department of Agriculture

Give farmers windmills instead of subsidies

Find those midwestern farms that are the most routine recipients of federal aid. For each farm, calculate the average amount of annual Federal aid that it has received over the last ten years. Then supply wind turbines to these farms. The wind turbines given to each farm should generate enough power that, when it is connected to the local power grid, it can generate and sell enough energy to equal the subsidy, courtesy of net metering. Once the equipment is in place, terminate aid to that farm.

 

The concept here is simple: Treat energy as money, give chronic federal aid recipients the means to generate their own energy, and then terminate the aid.

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