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Letter: Wind support

October 29, 2012

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To the editor:

Thank you for the Sept. 25 editorial in the Journal-World that stated, “the wind energy tax credit is important to Kansas, and it deserves the support of our elected representatives.” You also stated that Siemens announced that because of the uncertain federal energy policy and tax credits, which will expire Dec. 31, 2012. Siemens would eliminate 256 workers at the Hutchinson plant, more than 60 percent of its workforce.

At the congressional debate at the Dole Institute on Oct. 4, 2012, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins said that the German company Siemens is big enough to keep the plant open. She also said that the federal government should not choose which companies to subsidize. Yet, she voted for HR 6213 (J-W, Sept. 15, 2012) to “end U.S. loan guarantees to firms developing clean energy while freeing up $34 billion for nuclear energy and fossil fuels.”

Jenkins’ second biggest contributor was listed as oil and gas according to the Center for Responsible Politics (J-W, Sept. 27). It appears that she favors federal subsidies for those contributing to her campaign and does not care about keeping jobs in companies that involve wind power.

As a registered Republican, I disagree with her view and feel she should follow Gov. Brownback and Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts in supporting wind energy.

Comments

Linda and Bill Houghton 2 years, 1 month ago

Hopefully, after next week we won't need to worry about what sort of energy she supports.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 1 month ago

Wind would be great if there were no tornados.

Clara Westphal 2 years, 1 month ago

A few weeks ago I searched for the manufacturers of wind towers and found that many of them are made in Denmark and China. We need those jobs here in Kansas. It seems the government is more interested in helping the foreign countries than the USA.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 1 month ago

Yes, investing in wind here in Kansas is the right way to go. And if that means subsidies, abatements (corporate welfare) to entice companies here, it's still a good idea.

2 years, 1 month ago

Same way they feel about corporate welfare for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, I suspect.

Blue_Stem 2 years, 1 month ago

Those that are stuck with Tim Huelskamp in stuck with a guy that gets his money from oil and does not want to see any help for wind or solar energy. Many, Many acrea of land in his district have wind chargers, just go down I-70 towards Hays. Not to help these groups while giving billions of dollars of help and tax credits to oil is just plain STUPID and short sighted. You teabaggers pick apart the companies that went under - 8 percent and praise Romeny whose picks that went under were at 22%, then those that shipped jobs to China. 75,000 people are employed by alternative energy--40 % are Vets! They come back to these high tech jobs and instead KS is stuck with draconian legislators that don't keep a toot for the future. Just themselves--make money for themselves by giving money to the oil industry. When they are out of office--guess where where they will get 6 digit paying jobs? Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure them out.

Ken Lassman 2 years, 1 month ago

Personally, I'm for a few for oil, plus maintaining the Production Tax Credit for wind as well. For instance, the LIEAP helps pay heating bills for low income folks, which in some parts of the country is oil, and that helps keep folks and their homes warm, which I think is an OK subsidy to continue even tho it costs over half a billion. Farmers get their fuel tax-free, which helps us keep a robust agriculture, so I think that billion dollar oil subsidy is probably important. The strategic petroleum reserve sets aside oil for the military, which is probably important, even tho is costs a billion/year to do it.

Now when we're talking oil depreciation allowances, I begin to have a problem. And letting the oil companies off the hook for so many externalized expenses such as for pollution cleanup costs, climate change and the like is a huge type of subsidy, one that is hard to pin directly to the oil companies, but more and more folks are trying to find a way to do because somebody has to pay them.

So when I look at the paltry amount involved with the Production Tax Credit for helping maintain the fledgling wind industry continue to expand to remain competitive, I can't imagine why we shouldn't support them in the same way we have done with oil low these many, many years.

Liberty275 2 years, 1 month ago

The mayor of some New jersey coastal town is begging for fuel right now. I don't think windmills will help very much.

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