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.”