Obama to blast Romney on wind energy in Iowa
August 14th, 2012
12:17 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama to blast Romney on wind energy in Iowa

(CNN) - The presidential campaign of President Barack Obama, who is campaigning in Iowa Tuesday, released the following excerpts of his speech in Oskaloosa:

"And at a moment when homegrown energy is creating new jobs in states like Iowa, my opponent wants to end tax credits for wind energy producers. He's said new sources of energy like these are 'imaginary.' His running mate calls them a 'fad.' During a speech a few months ago, Governor Romney even explained his energy policy this way: 'You can't drive a car with a windmill on it.' That's what he said about wind power. 'You can't drive a car with a windmill on it.'

"I wonder if he actually tried that. That's something I would have liked to see. But if he really wants to learn something about wind energy, Iowa, all he has to do is pay attention to what you've been doing.

"If he knew what you've been doing, he'd see that in places like Newton, where a few years ago, a Maytag plant shut down and jobs dried up; folks are now back to work manufacturing enormous new towers and blades for some of the most high-tech wind turbines on the planet. The wind industry now supports about 7,000 jobs in this state, and 75,000 jobs across the country. These jobs aren't a fad – they're good jobs and sources of pride we need to fight for.

"If he knew what you've been doing, he'd know we used to have to import most of the parts like these. Today they're made in Iowa, and made in America, by American workers. That's not imaginary – that's real. And that's what we're fighting for in this election.

"If he knew what you've been doing, he'd know that about 20% of Iowa's electricity now comes from wind, powering our homes and factories and businesses in a way that's clean and renewable. In fact, over the past 4 years, we've doubled the amount of electricity America generates from wind. Across America, we've built the equivalent of 12 new Hoover Dams' worth of wind energy. Governor Romney may have figured out that you can't drive a car with a windmill on it, but he doesn't seem to know that America now has enough wind turbines installed to generate enough electricity from wind to power nearly 13 million homes with clean energy. That's how you leave something better for the next generation. That's what's at stake right now.

"Unlike my opponent, I want to stop giving $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies each year to big oil companies that have rarely been more profitable, and keep investing in homegrown energy sources like wind that have never been more promising. That's the choice in this election. That's why I'm running for President of the United States."

Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • President Obama
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. g

    if you think bush and cheney socket it to the middle class .after ryan and romney get done .they will be called pheasants

    August 14, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |


    You mean four more years of the lousy economy that we have had for the last four years? I don't think so.


    August 14, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. ART

    The koch brothers will be the death of this country, them and idiotic people like Jon.

    August 14, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |


    Isn't that the slogan that Vladimir Lenin had on his political posters?

    Oh, OK, it all makes sense now.

    August 14, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Todd

    Hey Mitt & Paul,

    It turns out that in fact you can run your can off a windmill. Incredible new technology called electricity and a battery. Ever heard of it ? Oh . . . . . .and by the way . . . . . . its nearly air EMISSIONS FREE. But I supose for that to be meaningful you would need to acknowledge man made climate change and a willingness to confront it.

    August 14, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    How's that working for you Obama... propping up favorite connected companies with tax dollars while we are paying interest on $16 trillion of debt? Okay, I'll tell you. It's not working for you. Or us. But we will fix that in November.

    August 14, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC


    I think Obama should keep his word ... if he did that the Republican would have nothing to run on. It is not too late Obama cut the deficit in half by the end of this term ... just like you promised you would.
    That promise was made during the Democratic primary season, before the dark economic times. Before the banks starting folding. Before the global financial collapse. Before we learned the definitive truth about financial deregulation and trickle down economics. And long before John McCain said "let's suspend the campaigns" and deal with this.

    August 14, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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