Why Romney’s energy plan is horrible for Colorado

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Wind turbines at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Wind Farm are shown in front of snowcapped mountains near Boulder, Colo.
Wind turbines at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Wind Farm are shown in front of snowcapped mountains near Boulder, Colo.
(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Tonight’s presidential debate at the University of Denver could reveal to Colorado voters how dangerous Mitt Romney’s energy plan is for their state and the country.  Romney has called Green jobs “fake” and “illusory”, and he opposes extending the wind energy tax credit.

This tax credit is hugely important for people in Colorado. The wind industry in Colorado employs approximately 5,000 people and more than 30,000 people nationwide. If Mitt Romney had his way, all of those jobs would be eliminated to cater to his oil focused energy plan.

The wind energy tax credit is set to expire at the end of this year unless it is renewed by Congress and signed into law by the president.  President Obama supports the credit.  

Until recently, this tax credit wasn’t a political issue, in the past it has been supported by Democrats and Republicans and was actually signed by former President George W. Bush.

Meanwhile, science denier Mitt Romney’s energy plan is focused on one thing: oil. Romney’s energy plan opens up public lands to oil companies for drilling cuts funding for renewable energy. It’s quite a change of position since Romney was the Governor of Massachusetts.

You can take a  look at how the candidates differ on energy policy here.

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Why Romney's energy plan is horrible for Colorado

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