Dr. Blanchard will not be pleased.
From the "Credit Where Credit Is Due" Department, I note that Governor Dennis Daugaard is at least consistent in his expressed desire to expand energy jobs. Last week he cosigned a letter on behalf of the National Governors Association urging Congress to extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy.
Governors are pursuing a wide variety of strategies to promote job creation and economic development in their states. Continued development of renewable energy resources and manufacturing is an important component of these efforts. Renewable energy provides Americans with high-tech manufacturing jobs, secure sources of energy, and our states with crucial economic development opportunities.
To supplement state efforts, governors support the continuation of the production tax credit (PTC) for wind and renewable energy and the investment tax credit (ITC) for wind as well as the recent legislative proposal to institute ITC's for the first 3,000 megawatts of offshore wind facilities placed into service. Such measures can help promote environmentally responsible, efficient, and secure affordable energy to fuel America's future [Governors Dannel P. Malloy and Dennis Daugaard,Â letter to Congressional leaders, National Governors Association, 2012.04.04].
Even though the governors' statement underminesÂ her and Daugaard'sÂ prior contention that government doesn't create jobs, Rep. Kristi Noem has shown supportÂ for extending the PTC. Senator Tim Johnson backs PTC. So does Senator John Thune... even though some conservatives call the PTC pure corporate welfare. The wind industry says it was catching up in price competitiveness until gas prices plummeted; they say extending the PTC would help them sustain jobs and development through their current recessionary period and not have to start over from scratch when the gas bubble bursts in a few years.