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.