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Have We Found Something That Democrats & Republicans Can Agree On?

The answer my friends may indeed be blowing in the wind. For both our energy needs and as a way for Democrats and Republicans can come together wind power seems to offer that potential. It is safe available almost everywhere can be generated on both large and small scale. The complaints that have been manufactured against wind pale compared to the case against nuclear and coal. Add to the increase in employment from construction and maintaience and you have a real winner.

Today we share a story from The American Wind Association .

24 governors ask President to focus on wind energy deployment
Both parties’ candidates told how wind creates jobs and U.S. manufacturing

Iowa, Aug. 24—A coalition of 24 governors from both major parties and each region of the country has asked the administration to take a series of steps to provide a more favorable business climate for the development of wind energy, starting with a seven-year extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) to provide stable, low tax rates for wind-generated electricity.

A letter from the governors, sent last month to the White House, has since been made public by the Governors Wind Energy Coalition. Signed by coalition chair Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I-RI), and vice chair Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA), the letter says:

“Although tax credits for wind energy have long enjoyed bipartisan support, they are scheduled to expire next year. Wind-related manufacturing will slow if the credits are not extended, and some of the tax credits’ benefit will be lost if Congress pursues a last-minute extension. It is important to have consistency in policy to support the continued development of wind manufacturing in the United States. Extending the production tax credit and the investment tax credit, without a gap, is critical to the health of wind manufacturing in our nation. The wind manufacturing industry in the U.S. would benefit even greater if the extension of these credits would be for at least seven years.”

“Governors have always focused on jobs and economic development as their main responsibility. Now that Washington is following suit, it helps for these Governors to tell Washington what has been putting people to work in their states,” said AWEA CEO Denise Bode. “It is also helpful for them to support the removal of roadblocks that can occur in administrative agencies, so that deployment objectives are not unintentionally thwarted.”

To read this entire press release click here.

Here is a video of republican Iowa governor Terry Branstad talking about wind energy.

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