18 Aug '11, 10am

A Republican Shout-Out for Wind Energy

American Wind Energy Association Newt Gingrich, who supports a tax credit for wind energy, signing a turbine blade in Iowa. In The New York Times on Thursday, John M. Broder writes about a blood sport that has become quite popular among the field of Republican presidential candidates: attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency. Yet the candidates recently found time to rally behind clean wind energy, a topic some voters identify with a somewhat more liberal agenda. At the Saturday straw poll in Iowa, the G.O.P. contenders Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Thaddeus McCotter autographed a giant 130-foot wind turbine blade to show their support for Iowa’s burgeoning wind industry as a source of home-grown job creation. TPI Composites , based in Newton, Iowa, manufactured the blade and currently employs 700 workers at a former Maytag plant...

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