Romney’s Energy Policy a Liability…Among Republicans!
Welcome to Bizarro-World.
Poor, poor Mitt. Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, that everything you say is red meat to your Republican base, that all your hard work courting the far right of your party has paid off, you end up on the wrong side of the fence.
We all know the typical Republican mantra: tax cuts are GOOD, and government spending is BAD, especially on that pipe dream of renewable energy. Well, it turns out there is a caveat: if a clean energy project is located in their home district/state…suddenly Republicans (except Vice Presidential candidates) start hugging trees.
Mitt Romney’s “drill everywhere/cut everything” (except oil subsidies) approach to an energy plan includes ending the wind energy producer tax credit, a 20-year old program that partially offsets the higher cost of generating electricity from wind power compared to coal.
But in a strange political twist, some Republicans are daring to suggest that supporting alternative energy might be just what the nation (or at least, their state) needs. Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO), when asked about the Romney plan for wind energy, told ThinkProgress “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.”
(Cue twilight zone theme)
I know…weird, right?
But Mr. Tipton isn’t an anamoly. Here’s Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA), commenting on Romney’s stance on the wind energy credit: “It’s the wrong decision. Wind energy represents one of the most innovative and exciting sectors of Iowa’s economy.” Then there’s Rep. Chuck (“pull the plug on grandma”) Grassley (R-IA), never one to mince words, on hearing about Romney’s plan: “It was like a knife in my back.” All of this could spell serious trouble for the Romney-Ryan ticket in Iowa, where the wind industry employs more than 6,000 workers.
These are not liberal politicians by any stretch of the imagination. These are Republican congressmen criticizing their nominee’s lack of support for renewable energy. This is an election year.
This…is going to be interesting.
Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore.