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It was great to see President Obama standing up in defense of Wind Power in a big way, today in Iowa.

While taking the opportunity highlight Romney's short-sightedness (among other things) too.

President Obama's remarks at Marshalltown, IA, campaign event

by Transcripts Editors for Transcripts and Documents -- Aug 14, 2012

THE PRESIDENT:  [...]  We don't need pioneers of outsourcing.  We need folks who are interested in insourcing and bringing some jobs back to Marshalltown, back to Iowa, and back to the United States of America.  (Applause.)  

Let me give you another example.  Kirk was just talking about wind power.  I was just visiting a wind farm close by.  It's a working farm.  It has about five windmills on one property, 52 in this area -- 52 wind farms generating incredible amounts of energy and, by the way, helping family farmers with a little bit of extra income.

Now, Governor Romney has decided that we should end the tax credit that we provide for wind power once and for all.  That's his idea.  He wants to get rid of it.  At a moment when homegrown energy is creating new jobs here in states like Iowa, he wants to bring an end to it.  He said -- and I'm quoting here -- he said new sources of energy like these are "imaginary."

AUDIENCE:  Booo --

THE PRESIDENT:  His running mate, Congressman Ryan, calls them a "fad."  Then during a speech a few months ago, Governor Romney explained his energy policy this way -- "You can't drive a car with a windmill on it."  That’s what he said about wind power.  Now, I know he's tried some other things on top of a car. (Laughter and applause.)  I didn’t know he had tried windmills on top of a car.  (Applause.)  But maybe he tried it.  I would have liked to have seen that.  (Laughter.)

Obama mocks Romney's wind energy policy with Seamus reference

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It was great to see President Obama standing up in defense of Wind Power in a big way, today in Iowa.

While taking an opportunity highlight Romney's love of Oil Subsidies, at the expense of finding other clean energy sources for the future.

[continuing ...]

THE PRESIDENT:  But maybe he needs to come to Iowa to learn something about wind power.  He'd know if he came here that 7,000 jobs have been created here in Iowa by the wind industry -- more than any other state in America.  These jobs aren't a "fad," they're the future, and we've got to be investing in them.  (Applause.)

If he came to Iowa, he might know that not only are we putting out these windmills, but, increasingly, they're made right here in Iowa, made here in America.  That’s not "imaginary" -- that’s real.  (Applause.)

If he came here to Iowa, he might know that 20 percent of Iowa's electricity now comes from wind energy.  (Applause.)  Over the past 4 years, America has doubled its -- the amount of electricity that is produced from wind, and this is enough to power 13 million homes with clean and renewable energy.  Think about that.  It's the equivalent of 12 Hoover Dams' worth of electricity is being generated by wind power in this country.  (Applause.)  That’s something that’s worth investing in.  That’s something we're doing for the next generation.  And so are the 37,000 American jobs that are on the line if we let this wind tax credit expire.

So this is a difference between me and Governor Romney.  I want to stop giving $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies every single year to the oil companies that are doing just great, and let's take some of that money and continue to invest in homegrown, renewable energy right here in Iowa and all across America that can put people back to work.  (Applause.)

Romney Would Knock the Wind Out of Iowa's Economy

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Published on Aug 10, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom


Here in Iowa, we're number one in wind energy jobs. But thousands of those jobs could be at risk.

That's why everyone from President Obama to Governor Branstad, and both Iowa Senators, support extending the wind energy tax credit.

But not Mitt Romney. He'd raise taxes on wind energy, protecting tax breaks for oil companies and millionaires instead. Romney would jeopardize thousands of jobs and knock the wind out of Iowa's economy.

Like I said, it was great to see President Obama standing up in defense of Wind Power today ...

"These jobs aren't a 'Fad,' they're the Future."

More definition of the future, like that please, sir.  The 21st Century Clock is ticking ...

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