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37,000 jobs at risk if wind energy tax credits expire, backers say

LA Times -- Supporters of a bipartisan effort to protect the American wind energy industry say that U.S. 37,000 jobs will be at risk this year if Congress fails to extend the production tax credits that have been vital to wind power development.

The call for Congress to pass HR 3307, the American Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit Extension Act, was made during a teleconference hosted by three members of Congress, the American Wind Energy Assn. and TPI Composites, a Newton, Iowa-based wind blade manufacturer.

HR 3307 is sponsored by Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.). The bill has 93 co-sponsors.

The AWEA said that production tax credits have helped developers secure vital private financing for wind projects and have also helped bring those projects to completion.

"Wind power has truly been an


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52MPG
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 7:57:04 PM

If the company cannot survive without tax credits then let it die.
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Eliano
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 6:35:59 PM

no subsidies
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 6:10:53 PM

Somebody also needs to define at risk in this situation.
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apiergallini
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 2:11:45 PM

@drpepperTX

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying we shouldn't have a military. What I am saying is that, compared to what we each spend per year on defense, what we each spend per year on wind energy, even giving you generous benefits of the doubt on the amounts, is very minor, and also helps ensure we have clean air to breathe, and reduces the need for new power plants, which are very costly.

Also, if you think about it, what happens when those 37,000 people lose their jobs? They try to get new jobs, right? In the meantime, at least some of them will collect unemployment benefits. Regardless, they'll have to find jobs in other industries, right? Well, what happens when you add 37,000 workers to an industry? It depresses wages. It's supply and demand. More workers, and the same number of jobs, means employers can pay less, because if you aren't willing to work for less, they'll find someone else who's unemployed and is willing to work for that amount. Obviously, it's unlikely that all 37,000 workers would go into the same industry, but if large groups of them all have the same skill sets, then those sub-groups probably are likely to be competing for the same jobs, with each other, and with anyone else either already in or trying to get into that field.

You can't just think about something in isolation, because things don't work like that. Maybe you, personally, won't be affected. Maybe you won't lose your job to someone who is willing to work for less. But maybe it will take you longer to get a promotion or raise because of it. If not you, then maybe your brother or sister, son or daughter, friend or neighbor. 37,000 jobs isn't a huge number, but it's not insignificant, either.
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crep1291
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 11:15:49 AM

We should use the same multipliers the oil industry uses. After all, that stripper the oil industry so readily includes in its statistics caters just as well to wind workers. So 37,000 workers actually means over 1M workers in the next 7 years.
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 9:57:38 AM

apiergallini, "Compare that to the $671 billion DOD budget for 2012, costing $2,236.67/yr/taxpayer"

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BUT, defense of the country is the number one obligation of our government to the people and the intent of the founders.

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ClarkSC
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 6:26:08 AM

Let them expire.
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apiergallini
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:14:43 AM

@kkimes

lol! Funny how so many on here are like, "We need those (2,200) jobs; build the XL!" But when there are 37,000 jobs on the line for green jobs, then it's too bad, so sad.

@johnnyg1200

True, we could figure out how much each job is costing taxpayers, but perhaps a more relevant number would be how much the 37,000 jobs, total, are costing each taxpayer. Even giving you the benefit of the doubt and assuming that each job costs an average of $270,000, spread out over 300,000,000 population, that works out to $33.30 per taxpayer, per year. Or $2.755/mo/taxpayer. And that's assuming that the government is paying/subsidizing the full salary of each and every employee, which is almost certainly not the case. Compare that to the $671 billion DOD budget for 2012, costing $2,236.67/yr/taxpayer

@TomT2Lee

Do you feel the same about eliminating subsidies for oil companies as well?

@GT3186

No, they're not government jobs, not even by your distorted definition. If someone makes $10/hr, and the government pays $1/hr, with the company paying the other $9/hr, then the job is government subsidized. If the government is paying the full $10/hr, then it's fair to call it a government job. I seriously doubt the government is footing the full bill for each and every employee.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:12:48 AM

I agree that the "wind farm" source of energy is unreliable. How often do you during the course of a day, a week, a month and a year get wind strong enough to turn those blades to produce energy. The answer is:NOT OFTEN. Some "wind farms" I think even have electric motors to run them if there is not a strong enough wind to turn the blades to produce energy. Worse yet who will get their power back on quicker after a tornado, earthquake or hurricane knocks the power out and or
destroys a "wind farm"? Is this a good and reliable energy source? Answer in one word:NO.
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johnnyg1200
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 12:33:18 AM

I don’t care if you count them as government jobs or not. When they brought the issue of jobs into the equation you have to ask if this is a wise use of limited tax payer money just to keep a few jobs? OK I will admit that some don’t think there is a limit to the amount of funds you can suck out of the tax payer but is this a wise use of them???
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 12:33:16 AM

The government should not be supporting this type of thing, to include the oil companies and solar panel people.

If the jobs go away, well that's the way the wind blows.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 12:09:51 AM

And their jobs outlook is 'brighter'?
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 11:42:10 PM

Unreliable energy source. Let these gov't jobs go, more tax payer funds used in the wrong places. I'd rather see nuke all day long. Some day wind will be ready for prime time but it's just not there yet.
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 11:27:08 PM

Are these the same guys that backed the 2 bankrupt solar firms that used taxpayer dollars?????
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 11:05:00 PM

why\?
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 11:00:14 PM

Not good news.
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 10:49:47 PM

Have to agree with GT3186 and johnnyg1200 as well!

And as johnnyg1200 points out.... I wonder just how much money 37,000 jobs is actually costing the taxpayer??
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 10:27:30 PM

That sucks
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 10:15:38 PM

Some good posts from GT3186 and johnnyg1200. How much are these "government" jobs costing the taxpayer?
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 8:35:15 PM

So, what we are saying here is that these 37,000 jobs are really "government" jobs, because it is the taxpayers that are keeping them employed.
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 8:30:22 PM

Another one bite the dust.
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 8:26:37 PM

Lies
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 6:40:01 PM

Gone with the wind
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 6:25:43 PM

we need to add jobs not subtract..... please !!!
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we need to add jobs not subtract..... please !!!
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 6:19:31 PM

Yipes.
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 6:17:14 PM

Good post johnnyg1200. The time is decades past for the pillage of tax payer money to stop.
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 6:14:56 PM

The Los Angeles Times left out one very important part of the story either through incompetence or in an effort to hide a potentially inconvenient truth. Just how much are the subsidies costing the tax payer? If we had that number we could divide that by the number of jobs 37,000. We would know roughly how much each job was costing the tax payer. By the way I have to question how that number was reached. If you subtract the 5000 jobs in California you would need about 650 jobs in every remaining state. If we had the bill to the tax payer we could get a rough idea of what each job is costing the tax payer. We may not like that. Just for example if we are only paying half a billion dollars on this it come to over $135,000 a job. I have a feeling that it’s more than double that though.

[Edited by: johnnyg1200 at 4/25/2012 7:20:46 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 6:12:23 PM

"Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said that the uncertainty over the production tax credit over the years has been discouraging for many. He predicted an exodus from the wind energy industry if the bill isn't passed soon. The tax credits debuted in 1992. Since then, there have been years in which they were extended and other years in which they weren't.
"How many times can you be turned on and turned off before you decide to find another way to make a living?" King said."

Oooooh, what a dilemma!
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 6:06:57 PM

Woops.
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 4:59:41 PM

I remember dave reichert as an insensitive job killer, glad I don't live in WA anymore.
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 4:58:59 PM

GO WIND ENERGY............
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 4:52:54 PM

more government employees suckin wind
out of taxpayers pockets...........

[Edited by: humblepie at 4/25/2012 5:53:44 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 4:15:10 PM

Propaganda
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 4:14:19 PM

Long term subsidies have to end sometime
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 4:11:32 PM

this on again off again practice of funding solar and wind is giving a huge competitive advantage to country's like china and killing our industries .
And alternatives like solar and wind will be the leaders in energy production once we wake up and realize that we have bankruped our economy by sending our money and jobs overseas .
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 3:41:39 PM

wow
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 3:37:20 PM

"Translation: 37,000 people working at jobs in industries that make no economic sense will have to seek work in industries that do unless the taxpayers continue to reach into their pockets to pay their salaries."

Well, if they are lucky, they can get jobs building the XL Pipeline which makes no economic sense either but at least it will send all the profits to Canada.
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 3:33:33 PM

Remember to vote in november.
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 3:30:35 PM

Getting inside the mind of a greenie:

We have to subsidize this industry or it will die, and once subsidized the public will be subject to pay a renewable energy surcharge(s) on their monthly electric bills to boot. Priceless!
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 3:22:58 PM

Translation: 37,000 people working at jobs in industries that make no economic sense will have to seek work in industries that do unless the taxpayers continue to reach into their pockets to pay their salaries.

Sure, why not. Take money from single moms working two jobs to support their families and give it to politically-connected fat cats who know how to ride a publicity train fueled by starry-eyed greenies. That's the new American Way.

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