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.