Are Tea partiers in Washington, Iowa and Oklahoma paying attention?
Reps. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) will seek a four-year extension of the production tax credit (PTC), which makes wind energy comparable in price to electricity derived from coal and natural gas by giving generators 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour. They plan to introduce it later this week…
The Reichert-Blumenauer bill is already attracting some Republican attention. One source said Reps. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) and Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) have signaled support for co-sponsoring the bill.
This bill and the production tax credit ought to be stamped out — as at least one GOP-er is trying to do:
The bill to extend the credit comes days after Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) said he’ll offer one to disband it, along with other subsidies.
And if the credit can’t be stamped out because of the politics, then every rent-seeking wind operator and their employees ought to at least be be made to put this bumper sticker on their cars until November 6, 2012: