A coalition is fighting against the wind power industry that includes Tea Party followers, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and electrical utilities associated with President Barack Obama, and creating an intense and unpredictable lobbying fight.
The wind power industry boasts enviable political assets in its fight to preserve a prized tax benefit. Republican and Democratic governors trumpet the benefits of wind energy; industry officials can identify manufacturing jobs at risk in crucial presidential election swing states if the tax credit expires; and a phalanx of lobbyists and consultants are working to ensure it stays in place for at least one more year.
But now an unusual coalition is fighting the extension, including tea party followers, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and the electric utility most closely associated with President Obama.
The result is an unpredictable and intense lobbying fight.
"This is a pivotal moment for that industry," said David G. Victor, an international relations professor at the University of California at San Diego and an energy expert.