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Grassley: Wind energy empowers America


This news story was published on March 31, 2014.
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From Senator Charles Grassley –

Senator Charles Grassley

Senator Charles Grassley

WASHINGTON – Momentum is building to extend expired tax provisions that lapsed Dec. 31.  Of the 55 expired tax breaks on the table, wind energy incentives are among those left hanging.  I’ve been working to build bipartisan, bicameral and regional alliances to secure a victory for America’s 21st century clean energy policy.  So far, 144 lawmakers are standing together to support wind energy in the tax extenders package.

We’re pressing leaders in the House and Senate to prioritize extensions of the job-creating investment and production tax credits for wind energy.  This federal tax policy has helped to launch a carbon-free energy source and diversify America’s portfolio of homegrown, alternative sources of energy.  The tax credits have helped to support 85,000 U.S. jobs; trigger $105 billion in private sector investment; reduce the carbon footprint by displacing carbon-emitting energy with clean generation wind energy; and harness an inexhaustible source of affordable, domestic electricity for consumers.

Opponents of wind energy tax incentives argue the industry doesn’t need any government support, yet there are plenty of tax policies for various industries that have been on the books for decades longer than those for wind.  If one measure is on the table for potential removal, all of them should be on the table.  Everything deserves consideration on its merits, and wind energy stands up to scrutiny.

Technology, tax incentives and private investment work to strengthen the renewable energy sector’s position in the free marketplace and power America’s carbon-free energy policies forward.   Over the past few decades, wind energy in the United States has changed the economic and energy landscape with nearly 900 utility-scale wind projects on the nation’s electricity grid and more than 550 wind-related manufacturing facilities.

Wind farms and/or factories have cropped up in all 50 states, putting people to work in good-paying jobs, diversifying farm and ranch income with an organic, drought- and weed-resistant cash crop, revitalizing rural communities and creating pollution-free electricity for millions of homes and businesses across the country.  Iowa leads the nation in wind-generated electricity, at 27.4 percent, powering the equivalent of 1.3 million homes.

It doesn’t make sense to pull the plug on wind energy tax incentives that foster responsible environmental stewardship, encourage entrepreneurs to innovate clean-energy technologies and investors to finance the job-creating infrastructure that delivers clean electricity to America’s homes and businesses.

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16 Responses to Grassley: Wind energy empowers America

  1. The future is right around the corner... Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    To those calling wind energy and solar “unsustainable”. What is the plan when fossil fuels are completely dug out of the ground and sold back to us? THAT is inevitable and sooner than you think. Fossil fuels are the MOST unsustainable energy source used today.

    • Expert Monkey Reply Report comment

      April 1, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      I don’t know, LVS’s bro science is pretty solid on this one and if you don’t believe that maybe you’ll believe he’s friends with the worlds most prominent renewable energy expert, well maybe not friends exactly, but he heard Rush Limbaugh talk about on the radio.

  2. Bro Science Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Bro scientist LVS is an expert on Wind energy as well. Is there any science that he’s not at expert at?

  3. Mediator Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I’d love to see development of a wind to anhydrous ammonia project on a broad scale.

    For those unaware, they have the ability to use energy (like from a windmill) to produce NH3 without the need for natural gas. Not only could this be a source of power in Hydrogen Power cells, but Iowa uses a lot of NH3 that is shipped in from down south. If we could make it here, we’d not only be more self-sufficient here, we wouldn’t have the shipping costs.

    Win-win

  4. Mr. Liberty Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2014 at 7:41 am

    You got ur head in Marxist sand pedophilopus. Yes unsustainable like social security, Medicare and Obamacare. The government needs to get out of business it has never worked. 17 trillion in debt. Never worked !!

    • Philosophus Reply Report comment

      April 1, 2014 at 7:52 am

      Any investment in wind or solar energy is a good investment…no matter what the cost. The residual side effects from such clean energy sources can be measured in manners far beyond pulling an amp from an electrical source, with the environment and human health being two of them. You’re not taking into account the TRUE COSTS of dirty energy sources: War, Cancer, Pollution, Environmental Degradation (Exxon Valdez). Add all that up before you go stymieing wind.

    • Eleven Reply Report comment

      April 3, 2014 at 7:32 am

      We are never going to get out of debt till the Federal stops printing our money.Your state shows just how little most Americans about the monetary system that is in place in this country.

  5. Mr. Liberty Reply Report comment

    March 31, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Not sure the numbers add up. The same as well with ethanol. Both great for Iowa not sure if either one will be self sufficient without government intervention. It’s a shame when business models incorporate or originate on government intervention. It is by definition unsustainable.

    • Philosophus Reply Report comment

      March 31, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      God you’re an idiot. You have the gall to call wind energy unsustainable? You’re SICK…and people like you are so thoroughly sick, it’s unfathomable. What part of harnessing a completely clean, endless, and free energy source don’t you understand? Wind Energy is awesome, and you’re NOT. Goodbye sicko.

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        April 1, 2014 at 9:27 am

        @Philly-Hey stupid, what happens when the wind doesn’t blow and the government subsidy’s stop. The whole damn thing falls apart. Wind will never be anything but a supplemental and not a good one at that. What a idiot you are.

        • Philosophus Reply Report comment

          April 1, 2014 at 10:01 am

          When has the wind never not blown? Geez, the excuses you come up with to justify your corrupt and archaic belief system is stupefying. I’m not going into it all here with you, because it’s not worth my energy. If you want to learn, you’ll need to put on your big boy panties and come to the library this Saturday at 2pm for my weekly meeting. You don’t have the balls, I already know that, but I thought I’d give you a chance to straighten up and become decent.

          • LVS

            April 1, 2014 at 10:32 am

            Why in the hell would I waste my time on anything you are doing. You are a proven failure at everything you do.

          • Philosophus

            April 1, 2014 at 3:55 pm

            If it fails I’ll stamp FAIL on my forehead, but until then, chill out. 🙂 See you Saturday keemoslobby.

          • Messy Blumpkin

            April 1, 2014 at 4:03 pm

            I think we both know you will never stamp fail on your forehead when this fails, and you will not see me Saturday, I have a life.

          • LVS

            April 1, 2014 at 6:28 pm

            @Messy-He can’t afford a stamp so he is just telling one of his lies again. No job=no work=no money. That is Philly.

          • Philosophus

            April 1, 2014 at 6:34 pm

            LVS: (from Webster’s Dictionary: a small animal that lives in northern areas of North America, Europe, and Asia ◊Lemmings (LVSs) sometimes form large groups that move together. According to legend, these groups sometimes march into the sea, where large numbers of the lemmings drown. Because of this, people are sometimes said to be acting like lemmings when they do something that is harmful or stupid because other people are doing it.