Mitt Romney has a penchant for bending whichever way the wind blows, and he did so again on Wednesday. While in Iowa, Romney trumpeted the importance of wind power — an important part of the economy in that state. This is a rather different position than he took last week, when he called for the end of subsidies for wind power. It’s a huge change from March, when Romney declared that only someone who lived in an “imaginary world” could support it.
“We have got to take advantage of America’s extraordinary energy resources: coal, oil, gas, nuclear, renewables, wind, solar, ethanol, you name it.We’ve gotta take advantage of all of them,” said Romney, as he campaigned in the Hawkeye State.
Last week, Shawn McCoy, spokesperson for Romney’s campaign in Iowa, told the Des Moines Register that Romney would “allow the wind credit to expire, end the stimulus boondoggles, and create a level playing field on which all sources of energy can compete on their merits.”
In March, Romney disparaged President Barack Obama’s support for renewable energy, and specifically wind power.
Romney told supporters in Ohio, “you can’t drive a car with a windmill on it.” He also said Obama was living in an “imaginary world” of renewables, instead of supporting oil, coal and natural gas exploration.
Romney’s about-face — at least for today — is no doubt driven by strong criticism from Iowa’s GOP Gov. Terry Branstad, as well as polling that shows Iowans are less likely to vote for anti-wind power candidates.
Romney will no doubt change his tune on wind power again, because he goes whichever way the wind blows on the issue. The one certainty is that Romney will say and do whatever he thinks will get people to back him in November.
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