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Who 'owns' the wind?

Does anyone really ‘own’ the wind?
As big corporations seek to harness our robust Kansas breezes to generate electric power and sell it to customers in-state and out-of-state, it might be well for native Kansans to ask, “What’s in it for me?” Will only a lucky few make money from the ever-present south wind?
Property owners have mineral rights to exploit the natural resources under their land, but do those rights also extend to what is above their land?
So, the money comes in when the property owner allows a corporation to use his land to set up the equipment to ‘harvest’ the wind and ‘wholesale’ the generated power.
Fine. But then why can’t I erect a windmill in my back yard and do a little wind ‘wholesaling’ of my own?
I just think Kansans ought to gain more from wind power than a few jobs and some money for a few fortunate property owners.
Our thought for today is from J. Paul Getty:
“The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.”

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10/12/2011 1:11AM
Who 'owns' the wind?
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