Obama: Romney Calls Wind Energy ‘Imaginary’

By Fred Lucas | August 15, 2012 | 3:37 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama accused the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan of wanting to do away with the tax credit for wind energy at a rally Wednesday in the swing state of Iowa.

“Mitt Romney has said he wants to get rid of the tax credit for wind energy, doesn’t believe in it,” Obama said at a rally at the Alliant Energy Amphitheater, Dubuque, Iowa. “He says these sources of energy are imaginary. Congressman Ryan calls them a fad. He needs to come to Iowa. He’ll find out that there’s 7,000 jobs in this state that depend on the wind industry. These jobs aren’t a fad. They’re the future.”

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In a March 5 op-ed published in the Columbus Dispatch newspaper, Romney was critical of Obama’s energy policies that focused on subsidizing green energy.

“In place of real energy, Obama has focused on an imaginary world where government-subsidized windmills and solar panels could power the economy,” the Romney op-ed said. “This vision has failed. His promise of 5 million green jobs vanished as fast as the $500 million he gave to his campaign donors at now-bankrupt Solyndra. His goal of 1 million electric cars went up in flames alongside the Chevy Volt batteries that prompted a recall of all 8,000 sold so far.”

Romney went on to use the term “imaginary” later in the op-ed.

“I will modernize our outdated environmental laws to take cost into account, and stop the EPA’s practice of using imaginary benefits to justify onerous burdens. In my administration, coal will not be a four-letter word. Instead, we will applaud the industry’s success in consistently expanding electricity output while reducing pollution,” Romney wrote.