Wisconsin Republicans, and apparently, all Republicans, Hate New Energy, continued….

April 7, 2011

What is it about republicans from Wisconsin?  What is it that the GOP hates about free, renewable, clean energy?

I’ve already reported about Scott Walker and the Wisconsin GOP’s roadblocks to new wind development, and the jobs that they’ve already destroyed in Wisconsin. Now they’re ready to build on that success…

The New York Times reports:

A long-term Republican budget plan released this week by Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin calls for drastic cuts in federal spending on energy research and development and for the outright elimination of subsidies and tax breaks for wind, solar power and other alternative energy technologies.

According to the article, the GOP plan talks about “eliminating welfare for energy companies,”, and references “uncompetitive” energy sources, a code word for new energy like solar and wind power, which receive subsidies to encourage new technology and level the energy playing field.  Tellingly,

Other energy incentives may go unchallenged, however. Questioned on Fox News on Sunday by Chris Wallace on whether multibillion-dollar subsidies for oil and gas companies would also be eliminated, Mr. Ryan did not give a direct answer.

“Do you eliminate tax breaks?” Mr. Wallace asked. “Do you bring in new revenue by eliminating,  for instance, tax breaks for oil companies?”

“The problem with our deficit is not because Americans are taxed too little — the problem with our deficit is because Washington spends too much money,” Mr. Ryan responded. “So we’re not going to go down the path of raising taxes on people.”

Pressed further on the subsidies, Mr. Ryan stated that the “little details” of the Republican spending plan would be worked out later by the Ways and Means Committee, which is led by Representative Dave Camp.


Rep. Camp released a statement in support of the plan, saying, “..the Path to Prosperity… is a proposed budget which provides an honest reality to the American people about what is wrong with Washington and how we can fix it.”

Gee, if only these guys had been in power when the internet was being laid out by pointy headed intellectuals and lefty computer geeks. Surely they would have put the kibosh on that boondoggle..

Note to self. Dave Camp is my rep, and a high school chum…..I need to remind him about the explosion of new,sustainable energy investment and jobs in his district….

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5 Responses to “Wisconsin Republicans, and apparently, all Republicans, Hate New Energy, continued….”


  1. [...] Like Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Koch funded Chris Christie has been directed to place as many roadblocks in front of new energy development as possible,and is on a seek and destroy mission against budding industries of the future. [...]


  2. [...] and the attack on new-fangled socialist initiatives like Medicare and renewable energy in recent GOP budget proposals. In my neck of the woods, we’ve seen moves to outlaw offshore wind energy in the Great Lakes. [...]


  3. [...] jobs,  the workers who might hold them, and anything that runs counter to the fossil fuel agenda runs deep in this generation of tea party [...]


  4. [...] With Japan, Germany, and China heading full speed ahead into the 21st century energy revolution, how long will the windbaggers and their FoxNews/talkradio allies keep working to push the US back to the past? [...]


  5. [...] Tea Party congress hates new energy, hates the idea that the nation could be weaned off its oil dependence, or fossil fuels. They hate [...]


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