Here in Texas, we have a burgeoning wind energy program (especially in West Texas and the Panhandle). Many wind farms have already been constructed, and once the transmission lines (currently under construction) have been completed, many more will be built. In fact, Texas currently leads the nation in the amount of wind energy produced. This has already provided new jobs, and new sources of income for farmers and ranchers -- and the future promises much more of both jobs and new income.
Much of this growth in wind energy has been spurred by the wind energy tax credits -- credits that President Obama wants to continue. But Willard Mitt Romney has a different view. He wants to eliminate the wind energy tax credits -- which could devastate the fledgling wind energy industry. Instead, he wants to continue the billions of dollars in government subsidies for the oil industry (which is recording record profits, and no longer needs those subsidies).
This week, President Obama spoke about this issue in Iowa. While he was speaking to Iowans, those of us in Texas (and other wind energy states) should pay attention, because he is talking about our future -- a vision of the future not shared by Romney. Here is what the president had to say:
?Over the past four years, we?ve doubled the amount of electricity America can generate from wind?from 25 gigawatts to 50 gigawatts. And to put that in perspective, that?s like building 12 new Hoover Dams that are powering homes all across the country. We doubled the amount of electricity we generate from solar energy, too. And combined, these energy sources are enough power to make sure that 13 million homes have reliable power and support the paychecks that help more than 100,000 Americans provide for their families.?That?s not imaginary. That is real. And that?s what?s at stake in November. Thirty-seven thousand American jobs are on the line if the wind energy tax credit is allowed to expire like my opponent thinks they should. And unlike Gov. Romney, I want to stop giving $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies to big oil companies that have rarely been more profitable so that we can keep investing in homegrown energy sources like wind that have never been more promising. That?s part of the choice in this election.?
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