Why Do Quico Canseco, Blake Farenthold, And Mitt Romney Want To Raise Taxes On Wind Power?

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With Texas producing more wind power than any other state, you would think that our representatives in Congress would be fighting for this growing industry that employs over 8,000 Texans.  However, Mitt Romney and his Republican allies in the House of Representatives have decided that ending the Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC), a vital incentive that has helped fuel the wind boom, is more important than protecting these jobs in a proven, clean technology that powers more than 2.5 million homes in Texas.

Romney seems to be attacking the PTC for the simple reason that President Obama is in favor of it.  In Romney’s words, Obama’s energy policy consists of “an imaginary world where government-subsidized windmills and solar panels could power the economy.”  Romney added that he doesn’t think “technology-specific incentives” are a good thing, despite being an ardent supporter of tax breaks for the largest oil and gas companies in the world.  Frederico Peña, former Energy Secretary and Denver Mayor and a supporter of the wind credit, had this response, “in our states, windmills aren’t imaginary.”

Now, the Sierra Club is targeting Republican Representatives in contested elections who are opposing the extension of the PTC.  Here in Texas that means Francisco “Quico” Canseco, and Blake “Ducky Pajamas” Farenthold.  Canseco is facing a tough challenger in Burnt Orange To Blue candidate Pete Gallego and should not want to be seen as a candidate in favor of eliminating thousands of jobs in Texas.  Farenthold, however, is thought to hold a strong advantage in CD-27 over challenger Rose Meza Harrison (though there has been little polling in this race).  With his seat supposedly secure, Farenthold has taken to advocating for Chik-fil-a rather than protecting clean technology industries here in Texas.

Sign the Sierra Club petition here and tell Canseco and Farenthold that its time for them to stand up for Texas jobs.


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