15 Aug '11, 6pm

In Iowa, Most GOP Nominees Back Wind

But in Iowa this weekend, support resonated with many of the top Republicans — minus Rep. Michele Bachmann, the winner of Saturday’s presidential straw poll. So why does wind energy get such strong GOP support in Des Moines, while struggling to get top Republican backing in Washington? Well, because wind energy is big business in Iowa, and it has brought a strong manufacturing base to the region. Wind energy advocates carved out a corner of the straw poll’s spotlight by having GOP candidates and state officials sign a 130-foot long wind turbine blade manufactured in Iowa. Among those signing their names were Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Herman Cain and Tim Pawlenty, who has since dropped out of the race. Bachmann, according to Iowa Wind Energy Association Executive Director Harold Prior, has signaled support for wind energy in Iowa during recent campaigning, but d...

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