Days after declaring his opposition to the critical, job-creating wind energy production tax credit (PTC), Mitt Romney campaigned in the state that leads the nation in wind energy jobs. Romney pushed for votes in Iowa today after taking a position that could gut the local wind industry, which employs upwards of 7,000 Iowans at more than 200 wind industry businesses.
The wind energy production tax credit supports 75,000 American clean energy jobs, including thousands in Iowa. (See a state-by-state list of jobs supported by the wind industry here.) The American Wind Energy Association estimates that 37,000 jobs across the country would be lost and growth in the thriving wind energy sector stunted without extension of the PTC.
Now, Republicans across the country who have stood up for American wind jobs have reacted with shock at Romney's opposition to jobs in their home states.
The Stages of Republican Grief on Romney’s Anti-PTC Stance
Denial: Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley:
"I have got to get to the bottom of what they are doing, because I think people that didn't know what they were doing said it, because [Romney] was over in Poland, he obviously wasn't thinking about wind energy." – Grassley wants answers from Romney camp on extending wind tax credit, The Hill, 7/31/12.
Confusion: Utah Senator Orrin Hatch:
"It's just one of the things that is still a little cloudy in my mind as to where he really does stand on it." – Romney's Opposition to Wind Tax Credit Roils Republicans, Wall Street Journal, 8/1/2012.
Anger: Iowa Governor Terry Branstad:
"They don't understand […] You've got a bunch of people that have put that website together that are bunch of east coast people that need to get out here in the real world to find out what's really going on." – Branstad says Romney “needs to be educated” about importance of wind energy, Radio Iowa, 8/2/2012.
Bargaining: Arkansas Senator John Boozman:
"I think it's something that we need to talk about […] I'm very much in favor of reinstating." – Mitt Romney Wind Energy Tax Credit Opposition At Odds With Republicans, Huffington Post, 7/31/2012.
Acceptance Rejection: Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley:
"I don't think it's going to stand […] I don't think that that's the real position of the party, because they said that they were going to consult me on this stuff, and they haven't gotten my view." - Mitt Romney Wind Energy Tax Credit Opposition At Odds With Republicans, Huffington Post, 7/31/2012.
Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton:
"Congressman Tipton remains supportive of wind as a part of a true all-of-the-above energy plan." – Tipton Spokesperson Josh Green, Despite Romney's position, Colorado Republicans (sort of) stand by wind energy tax credit, Denver Post, 8/1/2012.
Arkansas Senator John Boozman:
"I'm very much in favor of reinstating." – Mitt Romney Wind Energy Tax Credit Opposition At Odds With Republicans, Huffington Post, 7/31/2012.
Iowa Congressman Tom Latham:
"It"s the wrong decision. Wind energy represents one of the most innovative and exciting sectors of Iowa's economy." - Mitt Romney Wind Energy Tax Credit Opposition At Odds With Republicans, Huffington Post, 7/31/2012.
– Trey Pollard, Sierra Club
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