Support for alternative energy subsidies thin among lawmakers
On wind, he said he opposes a measure called the Renewable Energy Standard that requires utilities all over the country to use a certain percentage of wind-generated electricity, although he has supported other wind tax credits.
Renewing the production tax credit for wind farms in 2012 will be difficult, he said.
July 3, 2011
by The Wichita Eagle
in Dan Voorhis
With federal subsidies for ethanol, wind energy and other alternative energies targeted for possible cuts, many in Kansas' congressional delegation say they won't defend them.
Most want to reduce the subsidies, while at least one wants to eliminate them altogether.
Observers say this marks a change for a state whose members of Congress have long worked to support farmers and industry through government subsidies.
These subsidies directly benefit thousands of the state's farmers either through higher crop prices or through the possibility that a wind farm will be built on their land.
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