22 May '12, 10pm

Could Romney’s scorn for wind power hurt him in the heartland?

On Thursday, President Obama will visit TPI Composites , a wind manufacturer in Newton, Iowa (population, 15,254). There, he will reiterate his support for the Production Tax Credit (PTC), a federal support program that has helped drive wind’s rapid expansion in the U.S. The PTC is now in peril, as Congress appears unlikely to renew it when it expires at the end of this year. The loss of the PTC would put tens of thousands of current jobs — and almost 100,000 future jobs [PDF] — at risk. Newton’s experience is incredibly illustrative, so let’s recount a little history. Vulture capitalism Newton used to be the “washing machine capital of the world,” with five washing machine manufacturers. One by one they closed, until there was only Maytag, which at its height employed around 4,000 Newtonians. Then, in 2006, Maytag was the subject of a bidding war . On one side was Chinese...

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