Wind credit – Count Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback among Republicans on the right side of a move to push for extension of a federal wind-energy production tax credit needed to protect tens of thousands of jobs in the industry. But some of Brownback’s fellow GOP conservatives – including Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, whose own district holds great wind potential – fiercely oppose the tax credit. As good wind-energy jobs disappear before our eyes, Huelskamp and others still see the tax credit as wasteful spending – even though the federal government has subsidized fossil fuel-based energy production for more than a century.
The Kansas economy will lose private-sector jobs and private investment if the wind-energy production tax credit is allowed to fall by the wayside. The state’s citizens and its other elected officials should support Gov. Sam Brownback’s attempts to forestall such events.