Iowans value honesty and trust, but just today Congressman King showed how willing he is to say one thing in Iowa and do the opposite in Washington.
This morning King called for a reduction in the production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy, tweeting:
American Wind Energy Assoc. needs to come out with a proposal to ratchet down wind PTC. Failure to do so will fracture bipartisan support.— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) July 30, 2012
Then, shortly after King called for reducing support for the wind industry in Iowa, his campaign released a new radio ad touting King’s “work to help harness all forms of American energy, especially Iowa energy.”
Leaders in the wind industry, including those in Iowa, have spoken out against reducing the production tax credit. Recently, one wind energy CEO told the Des Moines Register, “There’s a time and place for it and over some period of time, they should phase down the tax credit, but we need some level of certainty in the marketplace over the next few years and then the phase-out process can begin.”
This kind of doublespeak from Congressman King isn’t what Iowans deserve. Unfortunately, he has been anything but a consistent supporter of wind energy throughout his career in Congress.
In 2008, he voted against a repeal of oil industry tax breaks and extending renewable energy tax credits, even when the American Wind Energy Association called the bill “essential” to growing the wind energy sector. In 2009, he voted against appropriating $80 million to wind energy programs, a bill that even Congressman Tom Latham supported. The list goes on, but it’s clear that Congressman King isn’t committed to supporting Iowa energy.
Iowans deserve a representative who won’t say one thing to get elected and do the exact opposite in Washington.