Gallery: G.O.P. Presidential Candidates Acknowledge Wind Power in Iowa ...


While it may seem to go against the usual anti-renewable energy stance that the red party is known for, this past weekend, the Republican candidates for president took a minute out of their busy schedules to sign a wind turbine. As part of the Iowa Straw Poll, the wind power signing event (organized by the American Wind Energy Association), was meant to show support for wind energy. Though the candidates willingly pulled out their sharpies to sign for the cameras, only a few had supportive words for renewable energy growth and Michelle Bachmann even declined the AWEA’s invitation — perhaps due to too many CFLs and LEDs lighting their staging area?

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  1. Spaceman Kermit August 22, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    “Ron Paul has a history of voting against tax incentives for wind power.”

    To be fair, Ron Paul never votes for energy tax incentives… period. If we stopped giving such huge tax incentives to big oil companies, smart money would be more likely to gravitate towards more renewable energy solutions.

  2. zeppflyer August 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    “Why the candidates won’t step up and say they support an industry that is creating jobs, keeping our air clean, conserving resources and making people money is well beyond our comprehension”

    Government resources are finite. Yes, turbines are a good thing for the economy and environment, but it is not a slam dunk. There are plenty of other ways to spend our tax dollars which could also benefit workers and the environment, so it is not ‘beyond comprehension’ that someone would not support subsidizing that industry.

    As for Paul, he has a history of voting against incentives period. Take the good with the bad and know that he’s also voting against subsidies for agribusiness and the oil industry.

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