Wednesday, June 6, 2012

No Wind in Romney's Sails

One more reason to re-think Romney: members of his own party say he doesn't get it on clean energy.

Romney's stuck in the past when it comes to clean energy.  He's all about extract and burn and claiming that any new technology like wind and solar must not be viable because it costs more than the dirty stuff.  Which, by the way, is not true but that's another story.

The kicker is that it's more than environmental types or knee-jerk Obamites ragging on Romney -- many members of his own party are baffled and disagree with him.  They acknowledge there are jobs to be had and prosperity from a clean energy industry. 

Conservatives in Iowa and Texas are opposed to Romney's denunciation of tax breaks for wind power.

“'Now is the time for stability in the wind industry' and the production tax credit offers that, Representative Steve King, an Iowa Republican, said on April 25 on a conference call organized by American Wind Energy Association.

"Romney 'believes that the market will take care of this. I wish that were true,' said Representative Roscoe Bartlett, a Maryland Republican.

"Bartlett is co-sponsoring The American Renewable-Energy Production Tax Extension Credit Act of 2011, which would extend through 2016 the 2.2-cent-a-kilowatt-hour credit for electricity produced by wind turbines, biomass, geothermal and landfill-gas plants," according to Business Week.

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