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Obama attacks Romney on wind-power in Iowa

2 years ago August 14, 2012 Aug 14, 2012 Tuesday, August 14 2012 Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:09:44 PM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

OSKALOOSA, Iowa - President Barack Obama is blasting Mitt Romney for opposing tax supports for wind power.

At a campaign stop in Iowa, Obama accused his Republican challenger of wanting to maintain billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for oil companies rather than investing in what he describes as promising "homegrown energy sources."

Iowa is a center of wind energy production in the United States and the Obama administration credits tax breaks for helping build that industry. The Energy Department says between 6,000 and 7,000 jobs in Iowa are related to the wind industry and that the state gets about 20 percent of its electricity from wind.

On the second day of a three-day bus tour across the state, Obama noted that Romney once dismissed wind power by saying "you can't drive a car with a windmill on it."

Obama is calling on Congress to extend the tax breaks.

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