Romney and Wind Power

August 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Re “Amid a Political Calm, a Tax Break for the Wind Industry Advances” (Business Day, Aug. 3):

Mitt Romney’s opposition to extending the wind energy production tax credit is just one more sign of the Republican presidential candidate’s outmoded energy vision.

A self-proclaimed skeptic about climate change, Mr. Romney seeks to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its authority to regulate carbon emissions. Complacent about existing federal subsidies to the oil and gas industries, he balks at supporting a clean, superabundant power source that is struggling to compete on a very uneven playing field.

According to a report released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in June, America could supply nearly half our total power needs from wind and solar energy by 2050, using technology that is commercially available today. Imagine what that would do to our country’s carbon footprint.

To move America toward a more sustainable energy future, we need national leadership that will check the excesses of well-entrenched fossil fuel interests while encouraging cleaner alternatives like wind.

Newton, Mass., Aug. 3, 2012

The writer is the author of “Harvest the Wind: America’s Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence and Climate Stability.”

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