Karl Rove Says Extending Key Wind Tax Credit ‘Should Be A Priority’


GOP political strategist Karl Rove has added his voice to the list of prominent conservatives who support tax credits for the wind industry. Speaking at a conference sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association today, Rove called on Congress to extend the expiring production tax credit, according to Businessweek:

“We’ve got a growing economy that’s increasing energy consumption and wind energy should be part of the solution,” Rove said today on a panel at a wind conference in Atlanta. Extending the so-called production tax credit “should be a priority.”

Rove’s public support for wind is surprising considering his connection to two super PACs — Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads — that have spent millions of dollars this campaign season on anti-clean energy ads.

At today’s event, Rove reportedly said that “you have to take the politics out of” energy issues “to get something done.”

Despite the glaring disparity between Rove’s comments and actions this campaign season, his call for an extension of the production tax credit is a major boost for the wind industry, which has struggled to convince Congressional leaders to act. According to a recent study from Navigant Consulting, a failure to extend the tax credit could result in the loss of up to 37,000 manufacturing, installation, and maintenance jobs across the country.


3 Responses to Karl Rove Says Extending Key Wind Tax Credit ‘Should Be A Priority’

  1. Leif says:

    Most likely a bone thrown our way to get the Arctic open. On the other hand, it might also mean that the progressives are having impact if they must consider throwing a bone our way.

  2. Joe Bickner says:

    So there is still a sliver of hope. Until today, conservation was a conservative value (heck, they both have conserve in their names).

    Today’s “conservatives” are corrupted by the fossil fuel industry and rejected their once-green past.

  3. Alex says:

    What we’re beginning to see is complete evidence of the intentional sabotaging of the country by Republicans in the last two years. They know they’ve been wrong on every item. What happened was an orchestrated propaganda strategy to paint a permanent negative impression of Obama with manufactured nonsense (profligate spender, profligate regulator, profligate taxer, Socialist, Kenyan, …). Now what we’re witnessing, once the negative impression is permanent for a significant number of Useful Idiots, is a complete etch-a-sketch of the entire Republican party to get back to reason so as to attract the required additional numbers to add to the total Useful Idiot numbers that will suffice to beat Obama in November.

    Will it work?


    And, as usual, Democrats, failing to fight when they should have by defining themselves as well as the Republicans, will be left there mouths agape, gasping for breath, and looking whiny with their impotent and ineffectual protestations.