Romney Campaigns In Iowa, A State Where He’s Vowed To Cut Support For The Vital Wind Industry

by Noreen Nielsen

Mitt Romney takes his campaign to Iowa today, where he will stop at Acme Industries’ Pratt Boulevard shop to speak about small business and the economy. This event comes just a week after Romney officially endorsed letting the wind energy production tax credit (PTC) expire, a move that could kill over 37,000 jobs and disproportionately impact major wind energy states like Iowa.

It is a surprise that Romney would choose the Hawkeye state to highlight the issues of job creation and the middle class when his plans would roll back key investments in both. Iowa is the second largest producer of wind energy in the U.S., and first in overall wind energy jobs, which keep thousands of Iowans employed. Recent polling found that “more than half of voters (57%), including 41% of Republicans and 59% of Independents, would be less likely to vote for a candidate for President if that candidate did not support expanding American wind power generation.”

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad agrees. Last Thursday, he came out against Romney’s position on wind, criticizing the obvious “confusion” of the Romney team, and saying that he and his staff, “need to get out here in the real world to find out what’s really going on.” Branstad wasn’t alone in his criticism. Several other prominent Republicans, including Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Tom Latham, voiced their concern for Romney’s lack of understanding on the issue. “It’s the wrong decision,” Latham said. And Iowa’s largest paper, the Des Moines Register penned a recent editorial criticizing Congress’ lack of action on extending the wind tax credit.

What could Romney have to say about the future of economic innovation in a state where he already plans to curb investment in a vital and developing industry? His typical vague rhetoric won’t cut it on an issue so valuable to Iowans, and further hedging would only again demonstrate his lack of understanding for the concerns of American workers.

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Noreen Nielsen is the Energy Communications Director for Progressive Media at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

2 Responses to Romney Campaigns In Iowa, A State Where He’s Vowed To Cut Support For The Vital Wind Industry

  1. Mike Roddy says:

    Romney strategists have most likely written off Iowa. Their goal is to overwhelm the media with oil and coal funded advertising to pick up more delegate rich states like Florida, Virginia, Colorado, and Ohio.

    Their memes- We love the troops more than you do, Gas and coal power are necessary for our prosperity, Obama is either godless or a Muslim, we believe in American enterprise and self reliance, etc, are all lies, but that is not so important these days. It’s worked in formerly tossup hillbilly states like Missouri, which now tilts Republican.

    There will be a deluge of Romney ads funded by billionaires like Koch and Adelson starting in September, and they won’t let up. Since they can buy the best psychologists and public opinion researchers, Obama cannot take anything for granted.

    This fossil fuel billionaire Romney support could become a powerful campaign issue for the Democrats. The fact that they aren’t jumping on it tells us that they need to work a lot harder to earn our trust and our votes.

  2. Leif says:

    Democrats are beholden to the same failed capitalistic paradigm that finances the GOP, so they too are reluctant to bite the hand that feeds them. i.e. the ability of the few to profit from pollution of the commons.

    Profits to the people, not the polluters. They will get buy just fine.