Will Wind Energy Be Killed by Dirty Money?

In the budget negotiations, conservative Republicans are fighting against letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire. These politicians claim this is a principled stand. They claim letting a tax cut expire on schedule would break their pledge never to raise taxes.

Why then are many Republicans in Congress willing to let the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit expire? This tax credit gives support to a growing industry and creates American jobs. Isn’t this how Reagan’s supply-side economics is supposed to work? Why is there no passionate fight by Reagan’s ideological heirs to save this tax cut?

The answer is money—dirty money. The coal industry donates more than $13 million to political candidates and PACs each year, and more than 70% goes to Republicans (1).

Wind energy is clean. Coal is dirty. Politicians who sell out their principles for money are filthy.

Stop the GOP Obstructionism!

From 2009 to 2012, Republicans opposed every attempt by President Obama to stimulate the economy or create jobs—some analysts say the GOP may have deliberately sabotaged the economy in hopes of grabbing power (1). Senator Mitch McConnell clearly stated the GOP’s priorities: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

The Republican strategy of obstruction worked in the 2010 elections because the Republicans were able to mobilize their conservative base, while liberals, frustrated by Obama’s moderate stances on some issues and his compromises on others, stayed home. But in 2012 Republicans made the election a referendum on Obama’s policies, and moderate voters spoke loud and clear: We’re sick of GOP obstructionism. Obama was re-elected, and Republicans lost seats in both houses of Congress.

But did Republicans get the message? More importantly, do they care? The GOP could decide to let the economy crash if they think it will give them an advantage in the 2014 and 2016 elections.

The current batch of Republicans have shown that they care more about winning elections than the public good. If your representative or senators are Republicans, please take the time to call or e-mail them and tell them it’s time to stop the obstructionism and start compromising. Click here for their contact information.