Tipton and Gardner need to get with the clean energy hostage strategy.
Environment and Energy Daily reports:
Two Colorado Republicans yesterday joined their state’s Democratic lawmakers in backing a wind tax credit set to expire at year’s end, underscoring the degree to which the swing state has become a political asset to renewable-power groups pushing for its extension.
In a letter to bipartisan leaders of conference committee talks on a payroll tax-cut deal, which is mired in political combat despite some Democrats’ hopes to make it a vehicle for clean-energy tax extenders, seven Colorado lawmakers urged that the wind production tax credit (PTC) get new life beyond its scheduled demise.
“Since its inception, the wind PTC has driven economic growth across the nation, including substantial growth in Colorado,” the state’s Democratic senators, Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, wrote alongside Reps. Diana DeGette (D), Ed Perlmutter (D), Scott Tipton (R), Cory Gardner (R) and Jared Polis (D) in their letter…