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Wind at the President's Back

10 Aug 2012  |   Soham Pandit

The buzz over President Obama’s support for wind energy made a lot of headlines when he visited Colorado this week to talk about the wind industry’s crucial role in America’s clean energy future. 

“At a moment when home-grown energy, renewable energy, is creating new jobs in Colorado and Iowa, my opponent wants to end tax credits for wind energy producers,” Obama told supporters in Pueblo.

The President stressed the need to extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC), drawing a stark contrast to Mitt Romney’s opposition to creating tens of thousands of jobs in states like Iowa and Colorado.

TIME’s Michael Grunwald notes: "Mitt Romney has suggested that wind and solar are 'imaginary' sources of energy, but they can now power 15 million homes, and their industries employ more than 300,000 Americans. That’s real [...] Wind and solar essentially were imaginary before Obama took office, but now they’re a real threat to the fossil-fuel status quo."

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