We all know that Gov. LePage has been on a tear lately exposing welfare fraud and the misuse of the taxpayers’ hard-earned cash. He’s been telling us about the EBT cards being used to buy hot dogs at Disney World, cigarettes, beer and lottery tickets.

Now the governor has turned his attention to the corporate welfare crowd. In an interview Jan. 18 with Ethan Strimling on the WGAN talk show, “Inside Maine,” the governor was clear about this new scandal and announced that windmills are the worst form of corporate welfare. I couldn’t agree more with our fraud-busting governor.

The governor discovered that the wind industry exists thanks to billions in taxpayer subsidies called production tax credits – plus they get lucrative federal loan guarantees and get to sell their renewable-energy credits to industrial polluters.

In fact, the wind scammers received $13 billion in federal subsidies since 2009 and billions more since they started getting these gifts back in the ’90s. Now, that’s a lot of hot dogs at Disney World.

LePage also uncovered that without these taxpayer gifts, the wind scammers couldn’t afford to blast off the tops of our beautiful ridgelines, kill thousands of birds, destroy thousands of acres of forests, threaten our tourism industry and run up our electric bills.

So, way to go, Governor! It’s time to cancel their corporate EBT cards and send them packing.


Richard McDonald




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