Obama jabs Romney about leaving dog on car roof in wind energy talk

August 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Oskaloosa, Iowa — President Barack Obama added new bite to his bark about Mitt Romney’s wind energy positions today with a reference to the Republican candidate’s dog.

“He said that new sources of energy, like wind, are imaginary. His running mate calls it a fad,� Obama said.

He quoted Romney as saying, “You can’t drive a car with a windmill on it.�

“Now, I don’t know if he’s actually tried that,� Obama said. “He’s had other things on his car.�

It got a big laugh from the crowd of about 850 at the Nelson Pioneer Farm. Apparently, people caught the not-so-veiled reference to Romney’s notorious trip with dog Seamus on the car’s roof.

It was a clever way to get renewed news coverage for a topic that his campaign has been trying to blow up for weeks now. The negative personal attack wasn’t really necessary, though, because wind energy is an important topic in Iowa.

Romney wants to end the wind production tax credit, which helps support about 7,000 jobs in Iowa. Wind energy experts say the credit could end eventually, but they need at least another five years. Obama wants to keep the credit, and that’s one of the few things he agrees on with the likes of Gov. Terry Branstad, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Congressman Tom Latham and even Congressman Steve King.

Supporting wind energy isn’t just about throwing a bone to an important swing state. Twenty percent of the state’s electricity comes from wind. It doesn’t replace fossil fuels for baseload. We’re still talking about how best to replace coal-fired plants for electricity in Iowa. But it’s clean and it has put Iowans back to work in turbine manufacturing plants.

Romney doesn’t deserve personal attacks, but Obama will continue to dog him about wind energy. Romney’s GOP supporters should continue to do the same.

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