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Friday, August 3, 2012

Republican Governor Accuses Romney of Being Wrong on Wind Power

Posted by on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Joseph Staten told you about Romney's plan to let wind subsidies expire in the Morning News. Republican Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad says that Romney is wrong on this:

“[The wind subsidy] needs to be continued, not forever, but it does need to be continued for a while and the result is it’s been a very good thing for Iowa in terms of 20 percent of our energy is now generated by wind,” Branstad said.

“We have a lot of farmers that receive rent from having wind turbines on their property and we have a lot of jobs associated with it.” [...]

Branstad blamed “confusion” in the Romney campaign for Romney’s stand against the tax break for wind energy production. [...]

ThinkProgress also has a list of Republicans from wind states who generously say they think the Romney campaign isn't being clear about the candidate's stance on wind power. When your best defense is that your party's presidential campaign is confused, you're in a lot of trouble.


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Catalina Vel-DuRay 1
Branstad is an ass, but he's right on this one. Wind Power has been a huge success in the midwest.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on August 3, 2012 at 2:11 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 2
"I will let wind subsidies expire for those people who want them to expire and I will let them continue for those who want them to continue. It will all work out somehow. No, I will not tell you how. You have to elect me first, then I will tell you."

Also, abortions for some, miniature American flags for others!
Posted by Urgutha Forka on August 3, 2012 at 2:16 PM · Report this
seatackled 3
But he still endorses Romney, right?
Posted by seatackled on August 3, 2012 at 2:31 PM · Report this
A governor supports subsidies for his state? Well take an ear of subsidized corn and stick up my ass, what a shocker.
Posted by Sugartit on August 3, 2012 at 4:05 PM · Report this
@2 and always TWIRLING, TWIRLING towards freedom!
Posted by jns on August 3, 2012 at 4:43 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 6
We subsidize hydro, coal, oil, and natural gas. We subsidize the hell out of nuclear. Why not subsidize wind and solar?
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on August 3, 2012 at 5:50 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 7
Iowa should be a cake-walk for Romney, but by sticking with his big oil buddies, his poll numbers there are sinking like a stone. That is one messed up campaign.
Posted by Free Lunch on August 3, 2012 at 5:56 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 8
Branstad blamed “confusion” in the Romney campaign

Blaming the status quo, eh?
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on August 3, 2012 at 7:36 PM · Report this
There is no surprise here red and in Iowa's case pink states get more federal money then blue states. Turn that around blue states subsidize red states.

No surprise a Republican Governor would whine about loosing federal tax money.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on August 3, 2012 at 8:16 PM · Report this
@9 - to lose is to un-acquire, to misplace, to not win. Loose is your mom.
Posted by Reader01 on August 3, 2012 at 8:39 PM · Report this
Windmills kill nearly half a million birds a year, according to a Fish and Wildlife estimate. The American Bird Conservancy projected that the number could more than double in 20 years if the administration realizes its goal for wind power. For years, the wind energy industry has had a license to kill golden eagles and lots of other migratory birds.
Over the past two decades, the federal government has prosecuted hundreds of cases against oil and gas producers and electricity producers for violating some of America's oldest wildlife-protection laws: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and EagleProtectionAct.
But the Obama administration has never prosecuted the wind industry despite myriad examples of widespread, unpermitted bird kills by turbines.
Last June, the Los Angeles Times reported that about 70 golden eagles are being killed per year by the wind turbines at Altamont Pass, about 20 miles east of Oakland, Calif. A 2008 study funded by the Alameda County Community DevelopmentA gency estimated that about 2,400 raptors, including burrowing owls, American kestrels, and red-tailed hawks—as well as about 7,500 other birds, nearly all of which are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act—are being killed every year by the turbines at Altamont.
So keep on pushing on this "green energy" while species are going extinct because people refuse to see the main reason why we are running out of fuel: OVERPOPULATION. We shouldn't focus on how we can rape our planet of more resources we should focus on reducing the world population and then all the problems will be solved.
Check this out:
Posted by Albastru on August 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM · Report this
@11, reducing population is all fine and dandy (although it's worth pointing out that much of our society is predicated on growing populations; Social Security, for instance, doesn't work with shrinking populations).

But that doesn't change the fact that we have people now who demand electricity. And all sources have problems associated with them.

What's your alternative? Burn more coal, oil and gas? More nuclear plants? More hydroelectricity? It seems to me that, the impact on birds notwithstanding, wind has less of an ecological impact than many of the other options.
Posted by Corydon on August 5, 2012 at 8:18 AM · Report this
Puty 13
I don't mean to make light of the point, but according to the google search I just did, 100 million birds die every year due to collisions with building windows. Let's keep ecotragedies in perspective. Sustainable energy that doesn't destroy habitat or wreck the climate is probably good for birds, on balance.

And yes, the planet is insanely overpopulated. Obvs.
Posted by Puty on August 6, 2012 at 12:52 AM · Report this

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