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.”