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Tax Credit in Doubt, Wind Power Industry Is Withering

"A campaign wedge issue"  

"Galvanized Republicans in Congress against it"

Are these statements true?  Surely all NYT reporters substantiate all claims made in their writing.  And the editors review as well.  Right?

Or not.

Here is a letter from Jerry Moran (R-KS), a "Republican in Congress" (by definition), signed by five other "Republicans in Congress," (Brown, Boozman, Grassley, Hoeven, Thune) in support of extending the production tax credit.

Sens. Moran, Udall Call for Extension of Wind Energy Tax Credit

This was difficult for me, as a non-NYT reporter to find, since I had to look on the website of a "Republican in Congress" to find it.  Plus, the letter offers the added benefit of "bipartisan support" for legislation in Congress!  Not mentioned in the NYT piece.

Here is Gov. Brownback (Republican, albeit not in Congress) - in favor -
Brownback supports tax credits for wind industry

Here is Gov. Branstad (Republican, also not in Congress) - in favor, and interested in educating Romney on value of wind tax credit -  Branstad wants to educate Romney on wind tax credit

Here is Gov. Scott (Republican, not in Congress) - with no position but who wants more info on value of wind tax credit - Gov. Scott seeks help for airline, wind-energy workers losing their jobs

I only mention these three because the NYT made a point of mentioning wind industry job losses in Kansas, Iowa, Florida - the three states they govern.

So I guess it is a campaign wedge issue insofar as it has created a wedge between Republicans, both in and not in Congress (this distinction was not mentioned by the NYT).

Also, I noticed a job posting at the NYT:

Position - Reporter

Responsibilities - Write anything you want with as little effort as possible

Qualifications - None

UPDATE: Additional Congressional Republicans in favor of extension (at the request of commenters):

Yes, this Sen. Moran letter was only signed by five.  Here's more (some reported by the NYT itself!):

Here's Pat Roberts and Steve King (!) in support:
GOP is at odds over wind tax credit

That article also mentions that eight of nine members of the Colorado Congressional delegation support extension, meaning at least three more Republicans.

Here's Rick Berg (R-ND) in support:
Uncertain skies for wind energy industry

Here's Denny Rehberg (R-MT) in favor:
Tax credit key to developing Montana’s wind energy

Here's Kristi Noem (R-SD) in favor:
Expiring tax credit forced job cuts at MFG in Aberdeen

Here's Tom Latham (R-IA) in favor:

Here's Tom Coburn (R-OK) in favor (at a lower rate):
Amid a Political Calm, a Tax Break for the Wind Industry Advances

Here's Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) in favor:Senate Panel Passes Extension of Wind Energy Tax Credit

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    It's amazing what people will do to others in the name of themselves.

    by ABlueKansas on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 09:16:26 AM PDT

  •  Last I checked (2+ / 0-)
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    Five wasn't exactly a majority.  

    Even if five Republicans showed support for wind power subsidies, it's pretty obvious that it's unpopular with their GOP colleagues.

    Your point is off.

    Horse prom is black tie muthaf**ka - Jon Stewart

    by EntrWriter on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 09:34:55 AM PDT

    •  Exactly (0+ / 0-)

      There are several hundred Congressional republicans opposing wind credits.  And five who support them.

      "Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation..."--David St. Hubbins

      by Old Left Good Left on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 10:19:12 AM PDT

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    •  My Senators' brag about supporting Wind (0+ / 0-)

      My Senators did not sign, but send me email bragging letters which include support for wind power projects and similar alternative energy ideas.  I think the diarist is right that there is more support for wind energy in the Congress than the NYT article suggested on the basis of the mail I get.  I know that wind projects sprout like mushrooms in my brother's Upstate NY area, and that most of the Representatives there are Republicans.  Without knowing how they feel and vote, it is nevertheless a good bet that they aren't biting the hand that feeds them.  I have no idea what others may be sending to their constituents, so I can't quantify it beyond my observation.  It is however, instructive to consider the widespread appeal of wind to other politicians.  

    •  Surely the Democratic votes combined with the (0+ / 0-)

      Republican votes, however few, would be sufficient to pass an extension.  No Republican majority is needed to pass this extension.

      It's amazing what people will do to others in the name of themselves.

      by ABlueKansas on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 01:47:22 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for your keen attention to this (0+ / 0-)

    and yes...... no mention of the repugs who support the wind energy tax credit.  Good catch!

    One has to wonder if this is just sloppiness, or tilted reporting, but in any case, either is not good.  

    But I do think that the article owed the mention of the repugs supporting this tax credit..... and as much as I can't stand the rethugs...... I think that here it is more important to let the readers make up their own minds here.

    Maybe you could email the reporter of this and have them either update with new edition, or somehow retract (or fix..... ?  I'm not  quite sure this is exactly the term, but I'm pretty sure that you know what I mean) this article in such manner as to report it much more accurately?

    Thanks again, and please go for it if you can with the NYT.

  •  Wedge issue? No. Just another green energy... (0+ / 0-)

    program for every other Republican to kill so they can spend more billions on tax breaks for Exxon-Mobile.

    Current Congressional hearings on the subject are almost certainly following the usual format, with Neaderthal knuckle-dragger Republicans howling about wind power tax credits being Marxist/Socialist eeeeevil, though all those billions for the oil bidness have to be continued or it'll be The End of the World as we Know it™.

  •  Forthcoming (1+ / 0-)
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    in WOID:

    We need a name for the New York Times’ version of “Pyramid Style.” Pyramid style is the reporter’s rule that says you start a story with the briefest summary of the news you’re covering and gradually expand the information you give out, paragraph after paragraph. In the New York Times version your article begins with direct evidence manufactured to excuse some agenda that you’ll mention, if at all and in passing, by article’s end. Hegel saw the world as it is but upside down; the New York Times tells the news backwards, where the excuse comes first and the motive last: ante hoc ergo propter hoc.

    WOID: a journal of visual language

    by WOIDgang on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 10:15:07 AM PDT

  •  WaPo has a more detailed article on this: (0+ / 1-)
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    "The wind power industry boasts enviable political assets in its fight to preserve a prized tax benefit. Republican and Democratic governors trumpet the benefits of wind energy; industry officials can identify manufacturing jobs at risk in crucial presidential election swing states if the tax credit expires; and a phalanx of lobbyists and consultants are working to ensure it stays in place for at least one more year.

    But now an unusual coalition is fighting the extension, including tea party followers, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and the electric utility most closely associated with President Obama.
    The result is an unpredictable and intense lobbying fight."

    To be fair, NYT included this graph:

    "The tax break, which costs about $1 billion a year, has been periodically renewed by Congress with support from both parties. This year, however, it has become a wedge issue in the presidential contest. President Obama has traveled to wind-heavy swing states like Iowa to tout his support for the subsidy. Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee, has said he opposes the wind credit, and that has galvanized Republicans in Congress against it, perhaps dooming any extension or at least delaying it until after the election despite a last-ditch lobbying effort from proponents this week. "

    Are you aware of anyone in the know predicting how the House will ultimately vote on this?  Will something pass during the remaining session in 2012?

    The irony is that the Great Plains red states have the big wind potential.

    Where are we, now that we need us most?

    by Frank Knarf on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 12:23:37 PM PDT

    •  Inserting this for the record, should anyone ever (0+ / 0-)

      care to examine it.  I assume this comment was HRd by Lawrence Lewis, or one of his lackeys.  As is obvious to anyone there is no basis whatsoever for an HR.

      Lewis has decided that I will be banned for activity on climate change threads.  By HRing every comment on every thread he finds, regardless of the subject or tone, he will ultimately succeed, assuming the site editors do nothing.  That this is an outrageous abuse of his position, and an insult to Kos and his project, seems not to matter to him, consumed as he is by the righteous rage of a true believer. I could just leave now, but I'd like to believe there is a chance that someone with both authority and integrity will see the chain of events that led here.  So I'll keep posting until the protectors of the faith complete their work.


      Where are we, now that we need us most?

      by Frank Knarf on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 08:47:12 PM PDT

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