GOP panel members renew attack on tax incentives for wind power

04/18/2013 | SNL Financial (free content)

Some Republican lawmakers renewed their criticism of federal incentives for wind energy during a joint hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology subcommittees on Oversight and Energy. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said offshore turbines would be a hazard to air and water traffic. Jim Lanard, president of the Offshore Wind Development Coalition, in an interview, downplayed the lawmaker's fears, noting that the biggest air carrier and ferry company in Massachusetts' Nantucket Sound support the proposed Cape Wind project. Other lawmakers questioned the motivation behind the report, since it focused on wind energy tax incentives and not fossil fuels, and that some witnesses had ties to fossil fuel interests.

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