UPDATE: FOX 31’s Eli Stokols:
The $500,000 ad buy from the League of Conservation Voters is timed to appeal to Colorado voters during a week where both campaigns and the national media are descending on Denver, where the first of three presidential debates will take place Wednesday night…
The ad cites a FOX31 report from Aug. 21, one of several that focused on the impact of Congress’s failure to renew the Production Tax Credit, which supports 37,000 jobs in the industry across several states and as many as 5,000 in Colorado alone.
It also refers to a Politico report detailing how Romney’s opposition may have derailed the extension of the wind PTC by Congress in August as part of a bipartisan budget agreement.
Eight of Colorado’s nine members of Congress, including three of four Republicans, support extending the wind PTC; but Romney came out against it in late July, arguing that the government shouldn’t be subsidizing any industry – “picking winners and losers”, as he and surrogates often put it.
Also noted by Politico today.
A hard-hitting new ad from the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund slams GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for his stated opposition to renewing the wind power production tax credit, considered key to the preservation of thousands of Colorado jobs.
LCV makes the case that Romney’s opposition has already done damage:
With the first Presidential debate taking place this week in Colorado, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Victory Fund today launched a new $500,000 television ad campaign featuring a former employee of a local wind turbine manufacturing plant who says he recently “got laid off because Mitt Romney and his friends in Congress want to eliminate tax credits for wind energy.” The ad begins airing today in the Denver media market and runs through October 7th.
“Mitt Romney pretends his campaign is about creating jobs, but the extreme agenda he and his allies are pushing is already costing Colorado workers theirs,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Victory Fund Senior Vice President of Campaigns. “Instead of looking out for middle class workers like Chris, Mitt Romney is siding with his Big Oil backers and letting America’s clean energy jobs be created in places like China.”
The ad features Chris Maese of Pueblo, Colo., who built wind turbines at Vestas’ Pueblo facility. Vestas is the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer. In the ad, Maese talks about how Romney’s opposition to extending the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy helped cause his layoff in August.
Politico reported that senior Senate sources have said that Romney’s opposition to extending the PTC “derailed” a bipartisan Senate agreement to renew the tax credit. [Pols emphasis] The New York Times similarly reported that “Senate Republicans removed” the PTC extension from the Senate Finance Committee’s tax extenders package “to show their loyalty” to Romney. Two weeks later, Vestas announced the layoffs at its Pueblo facility.
“Hard working middle class Coloradans like Chris Maese could still have their wind energy jobs if Mitt Romney had endorsed extending the bipartisan supported wind tax credit. Instead Romney proposes a 19th century energy plan which caters to his corporate lobbyist supporters and big oil donors that will do little to lead Colorado – and this nation – towards a clean energy future,” said Pete Maysmith, Colorado Conservation Voters Executive Director.