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The Romney-Ryan Position on the Wind Energy Tax Credit is Publicly Rebuked in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Palla   
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 10:40

CHICAGO -- With President Obama continuing to campaign in Iowa today, it’s important to note how local editorial boards have publicly rebuked Mitt Romney’s opposition to the Wind Energy Tax Credit, which is set to expire at the end of this year. Unlike President Obama, who supports extending the tax credit, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to let the credits expire, which would put thousands of jobs at risk in Iowa and other states. The Romney-Ryan plan isn’t just bad for jobs in Iowa – it’s also deeply unpopular with voters and Republican officials in Iowa, who strongly support extending the tax credit and continuing to support the state’s growing wind energy industry.

 

Below is just a snapshot of local coverage from Romney-Ryan’s opposition to the tax credit:

 

Romney should revisit wind tax issue

Cedar Rapids Gazette // Editorial

Romney opposes an extension of the federal wind energy tax credit when it expires this year. That stand is at odds with the entire Iowa congressional delegation, including Reps. Tom Latham and Steve King and Sen. Chuck Grassley, all Republicans, as well as Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who says Romney just needs a little more education on the topic.  ...We agree with the governor.

 

Our opinion: On wind energy, Romney blows it

Dubuque Telegraph Herald // Editorial

Romney reveals a lack of understanding of the importance of wind energy. …Among the flaws in this logic is that subsidies give wind an unfair advantage. Over coal? Over natural gas? These industries have the infrastructure built over a century of being consumers' only option. As wind energy attempts to make inroads, the subsidies are merely helping it gain footing.

 

The Register editorial: Wind tax credits should be extended

Des Moines Register  // Editorial

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, may have tilted at the wrong windmills when he said he would allow wind energy tax credits to expire. The incentive for erecting wind generators is very popular in Iowa and other Midwestern states that are harnessing the clean power of the prairie zephyrs. ...Iowa is especially big on wind. This state is ranked No. 2, behind only Texas, in wind generation capacity, and it employs more people than any other state building and maintaining wind towers and turbines.

 

Turning up the heat on renewable fuels

Spencer Daily Publisher // Paula Buenger, Publisher

Add to the conversation the Romney campaign's pledge to do away with the wind energy tax credits if he is elected. Without support for ethanol or wind energy, the US suddenly becomes much more dependent on foreign oil and, as a result, more interested in the affairs of state in countries we really would rather not be in. I have a feeling the heat will stay high on this issue for a long time to come.

 

Editorial: Wanting more details on Romney’s PTC position

West Branch Times // Editorial

Staff members of the likely Republican candidate have recently said that he would favor ending the PTC, but they did not state whether he would favor phasing it out or ending it immediately. The PTC directly benefits Acciona Windpower in West Branch because it provides tax credits of 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour from wind facilities in service before Dec. 31, 2012. Both Republicans and Democrats from Iowa’s Congressional caucus support the PTC because it helps support 6,000 to 7,000 jobs here.

 

Wind energy tax breaks are bipartisan in Iowa

Ames Tribune // Editorial

The Iowa Republicans are right. Wind is important. It’s big business here, and Iowa is a leader in the industry… But wind energy is also a young industry, competing with the deeply entrenched fossil fuel industry — which also receives billions in government subsidies every year. Wind needs a help a little longer to get established.

 

 

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Pro-life Bus Tour Aims to Expose and Defeat Obama & his Extreme Team PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jameson Cunningham   
Monday, 13 August 2012 14:15
“Women Speak Out: Abortion is Not Health Care” Travels through Five Swing States

Washington, D.C. ─ Today, the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) announced a five state “Women Speak Out: Abortion is Not Health Care” bus tour through swing states, August 20 to 30.  The bus tour will draw attention to President Obama’s extreme record on abortion and be led by former Colorado Rep. Marilyn Musgrave and pro-life nurse and whistleblower Jill Stanek, who exposed then state-senator Barack Obama’s refusal to protect live children who survived the abortion procedure.

The bus tour will travel to 30 cities throughout the key swing states of Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, and Florida.  National and local pro-life women leaders will call for the defeat of President Obama and pro-abortion House and Senate candidates including Christie Vilsack (IA), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Sherrod Brown (OH), Tim Kaine (VA), and Bill Nelson (FL). A tentative schedule is available at www.SBAbus.com

Local and statewide pro-life women leaders will join up with the bus at various stops, including: Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Rep. Jean Schmidt (OH-02), Dr. Alveda C. King, Star Parker, Polly Jordan, wife of Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04), and Melissa Ohden, pro-life speaker and abortion survivor.

“President Obama began his term in office speaking about 'common ground' on the abortion issue, however, Obama has repeatedly shown that there are no limits to his abortion extremism.  From expanding taxpayer funding of abortion under the guise of ‘health care’, to forcing taxpayers to underwrite the nation’s #1 abortion business, Planned Parenthood, refusing to defend baby girls from the deadly discrimination of sex-selective abortion, to exporting taxpayer funding of abortion overseas, President Obama’s record on abortion is nothing but extreme,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List. “President Obama and his team of fellow abortion extremists in Congress do not represent the interests of American women and families. We aim to see them defeated come November.”

“President Obama’s extremism on abortion is completely out of line with mainstream Americans. As an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama refused to protect born children who survived the abortion procedure, preferring to allow them to die abandoned in hospital closets” said Jill Stanek, nurse turned pro-life activist who witnessed newborn babies left to die at Christ Hospital in Illinois. “Americans deserve to know that President Obama has no limits when it comes to abortion before heading to the ballot box in November.”

For a complete list of bus tour co-sponsors, tour schedule, as well as to learn more about President Obama’s record on abortion, visit www.SBAbus.com

The Susan B. Anthony List, and its connected Political Action Committee, the SBA List Candidate Fund, are dedicated to electing candidates and pursuing policies that will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List will emphasize the election, education, promotion, and mobilization of pro-life women.

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Monday, 13 August 2012 13:20

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More Iowa Editorial Boards Speak Out Against Romney's Wind Position PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Palla   
Monday, 13 August 2012 13:19

Today,  the editorial boards for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and the Dubuque Telegraph Herald argued for extending tax credits for wind power producers – a measure Mitt Romney opposes . “The tax credit has helped our state become the nation’s No. 2 producer of wind energy — providing 20 percent of our electric power,” argues the Gazette. The Telegraph Herald, meanwhile, states that Romney “reveals a lack of understanding of the importance of wind energy.” Just a few days ago, the Des Moines Register said Romney, “may have tilted at the wrong windmills when he said he would allow wind energy tax credits to expire.”

One thing Iowans, other voters in Midwestern states and the wind energy industry have working against them is Mitt Romney, who opposes an extension of the wind production tax credit which has supported 7,000 Iowa jobs.

The hardworking men and women in the wind industry know their jobs are not ‘boondoggles,’ as Romney has derided them, but will create more clean energy production here at home and protect jobs. President Obama believes Congress should extend the production tax credit for wind energy companies right now to create American jobs and support American businesses and manufacturers.

See excerpts from the Gazette and Telegraph Herald editorials below:

Romney should revisit wind tax issue

Cedar Rapids Gazette // Editorial

…[W]e were disappointed that Romney didn’t talk about another issue important to Iowans, not to mention other states: wind energy.

Romney opposes an extension of the federal wind energy tax credit when it expires this year. That stand is at odds with the entire Iowa congressional delegation, including Reps. Tom Latham and Steve King and Sen. Chuck Grassley, all Republicans, as well as Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who says Romney just needs a little more education on the topic. “I can understand why he objects to Solyndra and all the boondoggles (President) Obama has supported with the stimulus, but remember, the wind energy tax credit (was proposed) by Sen. Grassley and way preceded Obama. It’s a tool that’s helped us grow this energy … ” Branstad told a Los Angeles Times reporter.

We agree with the governor. The tax credit has helped our state become the nation’s No. 2 producer of wind energy — providing 20 percent of our electric power. The industry includes several plants that produce wind turbines or components. Nearly 3,000 turbines spin statewide. And the industry provides more than 6,000 good jobs for Iowans, according to the Iowa Wind Energy Association. Landowners who lease land for the turbines receive more than $14 million a year.

Extending the wind energy tax credit — which lowers, not eliminates, a company’s tax — for one year would cost $3.3 billion. That’s considerably less than the subsidies the fossil fuel industries continue to receive, although a fair comparison is difficult to make.

…It’s just too soon to pull the tax credit for wind power. Give the industry more time to prove itself.

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Our opinion: On wind energy, Romney blows it

Dubuque Telegraph Herald // Editorial

The Mitt Romney campaign needs to walk back its words on wind energy. Beyond making a political blunder in a state that experts identify as being key to the presidential election, the Republican candidate reveals a lack of understanding of the importance of wind energy.

A spokesman for Mitt Romney recently told The Des Moines Register that Romney "will allow the wind credit to expire, end the stimulus boondoggles and create a level playing field on which all sources of energy can compete on their merits."

Among the flaws in this logic is that subsidies give wind an unfair advantage. Over coal? Over natural gas? These industries have the infrastructure built over a century of being consumers' only option. As wind energy attempts to make inroads, the subsidies are merely helping it gain footing. The nation needs to expand its capacity for electricity. For a burgeoning industry like wind to help fill that gap requires a partnership with government.

That's happening in Iowa. Last year, wind provided about 20 percent of the state's electricity. And it has been an economic boon. The industry has created 7,000 jobs in Iowa and about 36,000 nationally.

…Romney should take another look at this issue; there's a lot for a presidential candidate to love. It's about jobs. It's about energy costs. It's about sustainability. Don't end the wind energy tax credit too soon.

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And, in case you missed it, here’s an editorial from the Des Moines Register on August 5th arguing in favor of wind energy tax credits ….

Wind tax credits should be extended
Des Moines Register // Editorial

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, may have tilted at the wrong windmills when he said he would allow wind energy tax credits to expire. The incentive for erecting wind generators is very popular in Iowa and other Midwestern states that are harnessing the clean power of the prairie zephyrs.

Iowa is especially big on wind. This state is ranked No. 2, behind only Texas, in wind generation capacity, and it employs more people than any other state building and maintaining wind towers and turbines. Indeed, Gov. Terry Branstad and the entire congressional delegation heartily support the wind production tax credit and want it extended.

Just because an industry is good for some states does not mean Congress should continue to favor that industry in the federal tax code. But there are good reasons why the tax credit should be extended for as long as necessary to get wind energy production to the point where it is competitive with other forms of energy production.

It makes sense to use the tax code to encourage investment in wind power, which has many things going for it. Wind is a renewable source of energy, and it causes no harm to the environment to harness its power to turn generators and produce electricity. Any movement away from burning fossil fuels to generate electricity — namely coal and natural gas — should be encouraged.

Meanwhile, the government should encourage research into developing an efficient way to store electricity generated by wind, and it should push the power industry to replace and expand the aging power grid. This nation desperately needs additional capacity to move electricity, including wind-generated, from where it is created to where it is needed. Resolving those issues will do as much or more than tax credits to encourage wind generation capacity in this country.

A campaign spokesman told the Register’s Jennifer Jacobs that Romney wants to end “stimulus boondoggles and create a level playing field on which all sources of energy can compete on their own merits.”

Wind energy tax credits were not created to stimulate the economy but to stimulate development of a renewable source of energy. The “level playing field” argument is fair, but only as far as it goes. The playing field is uneven now in large part because of more than a century of investment in exploration and infrastructure made by consumers who pay utility bills to companies that use coal, natural gas and nuclear fuel.

The federal government has long subsidized those traditional energy producers, whether the subsidies are counted as tax breaks, credits or direct spending. The oil and gas industry has since 1916 enjoyed tax breaks to offset the expense of exploring and developing domestic oil and natural gas supplies. Congress created the equivalent of a subsidy for the nuclear power industry in 1957 with the Price-Anderson Act that limits the industry’s financial liability in case of a nuclear accident, and it continues to pay for nuclear power research.

Tax breaks and spending on energy development cost the U.S. treasury $24 billion in 2011, according to a March report by the Congressional Budget Office. Of that, $2.5 billion went to fossil fuels and $2.1 billion went to wind, solar and geothermal energy. A major difference, the CBO report noted, is that while tax credits for renewables have been approved for limited periods, and often are allowed to expire, the tax preferences for fossil and nuclear fuel producers are permanent.

The federal tax code is riddled with breaks for all types of businesses, and Congress should eliminate some of them to bring in more revenue. But it makes sense to continue giving financial incentives to industries that develop clean energy and lessen our reliance on finite natural resources. That includes wind.

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PRESIDENT OBAMA TO DISCUSS MIDDLE-CLASS ECONOMIC SECURITY IN DUBUQUE AND DAVENPORT, IOWA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Palla   
Monday, 13 August 2012 13:13

CHICAGO-- On Wednesday, August 15, President Obama will end his three day bus tour through Iowa with grassroots events in Dubuque and Davenport.  First Lady Michelle Obama will be joining the President at both grassroots events. The President will discuss the choice in this election between two fundamentally different visions of how to create an economy built to last and restore middle-class economic security.

President Obama has a vision for an economy built from the middle out, not the top down.  During his first term, President Obama has already cut taxes for a typical Iowa family by about $3,600.  This has helped Iowa families afford to send their children to college, buy their first home, pay for health care and child care. The centerpiece of the Romney-Ryan economic proposals is a $5 trillion tax plan that independent economists have confirmed would raise taxes on middle class families with children by an average of more than $2,000 in order to pay for tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.

Grassroots Event with President Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama in Davenport, Iowa:

Estimated Event Time: 5:25PM CDT

Where: Village of East Davenport

Intersection of East 11th and Christie Streets

Members of the media interested in covering the President’s events in Dubuque and Davenport, Iowa must RSVP for EACH STOP by 9:00AM EDT / 8:00AM CDT Tuesday, August 14, 2012. No late submissions will be considered.

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