Debate over wind credit enters congressional races

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- Republicans are walking a fine line when it comes to wind energy in Colorado, and it's playing out in congressional races in the debate over a tax credit that impacts hundreds of jobs.

Republicans generally don't like subsidies that favor clean energy, which they deride as government picking winners and losers. But many Republicans are joining Democrats in calling on Congress to extend a wind energy production tax credit.

That hasn't stopped Democrats from pouncing on Republicans. Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter's campaign accuses Republican Joe Coors of flip-flopping on the issue. Coors' campaign says he supports the credit after learning it's not a subsidy.

This month the world's largest turbine manufacturer, Vestas, announced plans to cut 120 workers in Pueblo and Brighton.

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