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Another Republican Congressman Pushes Back Against Mitt Romney’s Call To End Wind Energy Tax Credits

By Scott Keyes  

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Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO)

FORT GARLAND, Colorado — Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) is the latest Republican to come out against Mitt Romney’s plan to end the production tax credit for the wind industry.

In an interview with ThinkProgress, Tipton rejected Romney’s pledge to end the wind tax credit, saying that the industry needs at least two years before it can be self-sustainable. “Do you want to cut it off when they’re on the cusp of being where we want them to be and to be able to create jobs and to be able to part of the energy solution?” Tipton asked, before answering his own question: “No, I don’t think we do.”

TIPTON: This is an industry that has explained to us a viable technology that can be competitive with other fuel sources that are going to be out there. Is it going to be the primary one that could actually fill in to be able to take off some of that load?

KEYES: So you’re saying probably maintain it for two years?

TIPTON: That’s what we’ve called for. We’re actually going to work with the industry because that’s what they tell us, then they don’t need this. Do you want to cut it off when they’re on the cusp of being where we want them to be and to be able to create jobs and to be able to part of the energy solution? No, I don’t think we do.

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Romney’s push to end the wind energy production tax credit would put 37,000 jobs at risk, particularly in midwestern states. Not only is he at odds with wind supporters in his party, but also western voters, where two-thirds of voters agree wind and solar will create new jobs in their states. Colorado was home to nearly 5,000 wind jobs in 2011.

Tipton joins a growing list of Republicans from states like Iowa are pushing back hard against Romney’s proposal. Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) attacked his own party’s presidential candidate, saying that he “a lack of full understanding of how important the wind energy tax credit is for Iowa and our nation.” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) went further, calling Romney’s plan “a knife in my back.”

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12 Responses to Another Republican Congressman Pushes Back Against Mitt Romney’s Call To End Wind Energy Tax Credits

  1. SecularAnimist says:

    Tipton said: “Do you want to cut it off when they’re on the cusp of being where we want them to be and to be able to create jobs and to be able to part of the energy solution? No, I don’t think we do.”

    That’s exactly what the Koch Brothers want to do — destroy the wind power industry before it becomes more competitive than it already is.

    Tipton had better watch his mouth, or the Koch Brothers will send the Tea Party to get him.

    • Ozonator says:

      Failing to mention the Koch bros, Alex Jones is on Coast2Coast4Payola Fri/Sat saying Obama’s military education system is warning of T-P’s linking up with Al-Qaida as an excuse for taking away all the guns by cops and military. Looter Limbaugh must be getting some of that NRA money too to blame a disgruntled employee and President Obama. The Romulan Romneys and Paul Ruins’ complain about the costs of Colorado wind farms while failing to squeal with disgust with the hundreds of billions to protect Mideast oil, replace tar sands’ ducks, replace Louisiana marshland, replace trees and biota lost in wildfires, grass and timber lost from NRA target practice in Utah, replace church steeples lost by lightning, and keep this unnatural cycle going with subsidies to big oil, big deniers, and big plantations.

  2. Mike Roddy says:

    Colorado and Iowa are key swing states. The fact that Romney may be writing them off shows you just how addicted the Republicans are to that oil money.

    It makes you wonder if the declared campaign contributions tell the whole story. Corruption on a much larger scale is possible, including cash and offshore accounts.

    Koch and the Texas oil companies are a little crazy. There is no telling what they would not do in order to take over this country even more than they have already.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      Have you seen the movie ‘Executive Action’? Will Geer, if cloned, would make an intriguing Koch brothers.

  3. assman says:

    welp, this guy aint getting another term.

  4. Matthew Tanner says:

    Republicans against Romney

  5. Bernard Terway says:

    Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) attacked his own party’s presidential candidate, saying that he “a lack of full understanding of how important the wind energy tax credit is for Iowa and our nation.” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) went further, calling Romney’s plan “a knife in my back.”
    I don’t know why Tom Latham didn’t go furthr and say that “he has a lack of full understanding of anything.”

  6. katym. says:

    good on you, Mr. Tipton. thank you.

  7. VBobier says:

    Cracks are appearing in the Repugnican stinky ranks…

  8. Tom Hynes says:

    Some political hacks are sponsored by the wind industry, some by the oil energy. This doesn’t make Tipton right or courageous.

  9. Mike Irwin says:

    So, Mitt, is that oil company choke collar starting to feel a little tight?

  10. Marie says:

    Certain threads like this seem easier to follow, easier to correct — but there aren’t enough of them in practice to demonstrate the full usage advantages — why don’t all threads use this format instead of the awful FB?